Congratulations to the 59 Teams from California, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho and China PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Sacramento FIRST Robotics Regional from March 20-23, 2019!


The following teams and individuals earned top honors at the Sacramento Regional and earned their way to compete at the FIRST Championships in Houston in April.

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 701, RoboVikes from Fairfield, CA
The Chairman’s Award represents the true spirit of FIRST.  It honors the team that best serves as a model for other teams to emulate and that embodies the goals of FIRST.  It remains FIRST’s most prestigious team award.  The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants, school, and community over a sustained period, not just a single build season or school year. The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST’s mission of transforming our culture.  The recipient will be invited to the FIRST Championship where it will compete for the Chairman’s Award against the winners from all the other qualifying events.
What the judges had to say …

With a solid, sustainable plan for in-house & outreach success, this team is the backbone of support for numerous FLL, VEX & FRC teams in their region.  Maintaining a strong relationship with sponsors, they give business, technical & financial assistance to numerous First teams. This financial support also extends throughout  the community to non-direct FIRST programs such as the District migrant educational school programs. Notably, they have mentored numerous Chairman Award nominees & regional alliance winners.  Their respect within the community not only emphasizes the four values of FIRST but a dedicated willingness to “Always be there for Support ”.
The ship sails through rough seas, the journey is long & at times uncertain. Their Wind-swept sails are tightly rigged, the crew well disciplined – ready for the adventure ahead.. Even with a new captain, this Viking team’s course travels straight and true –  their mission is just – encouraging others – knowing that they will follow.”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 3598, SEStematic Eliminators from Sacramento, CA
The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.  This team will advance to the Championships and receive a $5000 NASA grant toward registration.
What the judges had to say …

This outstanding team looked around their community in search of diverse opportunities to spread a passion for STEM. In multiple partnerships with community leaders and organizations, they provide opportunities to youth who have been underrepresented in STEM programs. Through an exciting STEM night, FLL, FTC, and FRC teams, and more than 35 workshops held in local libraries, they have systemically impacted youth in YMCA, the probationary department, and the society for the blind.

Regional Winners

Team 1323, Madtown Robotics from Madera, CA
Team 1678, Citrus Circuits from Davis, CA
Team 3859, Wolfpack Robotics from Elk Grove, CA

Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7663, Sleuth Robotics from Fresno, CA
This award celebrates a 1st year team demonstrating an early but strong partnership effort, implementing the mission of FIRST.  Its winner understands what FIRST is really trying to accomplish and realizes that technical work is fun and challenging, made better by building a partnership among team, community and school.  This is not an easy challenge for a rookie team but the judges want to recognize and reward one team that got it right.
What the judges had to say …

This small rookie team has already started to inspire students with outreach through FLL Programming Workshops. Their ability to solve problems on the spot is note-worthy of Sherlock Holmes.  This robot sneaks by their competitors and fills the cargo ship.

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of a Wild Card)
Team 3250, Kennedy Robotics from Sacramento, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Katie Stachowicz from Team 1678
What the judges had to say …

“This student showcases leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit in everything she does. From leading relationships with sponsors to organizing any of her team’s most prominent outreach programs, without her the team would be unable to achieve such a high impact on the community.”

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Sarah Bergendahl from Team 701
What the judges had to say …

“This student exemplifies what it means to be a leader. Her skills in programming scouting software and effective communication with sponsors and team supporters through a monthly newsletter are a few examples of her impact on both the team and the local community.”

In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors an award for selected top students known as the FIRST Dean’s List.
This award celebrates a student’s outstanding leadership and effectiveness in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as their community. FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will compete at the championship for the FIRST Dean’s List.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Randall Lam from Team 1458, Red Tie Robotics

Additional Awards

Congratulations to the Teams and individuals that earned the remaining awards at the Sacramento Regional! See the list here.


Link to the above video and article here.

First place and more awards for Citrus Circuits


Kaprekar’s Constants compete in Sacramento Regional 2019


An immense THANK YOU to all the Sponsors who contributed to this very successful Regional with funding, mentors, volunteers and enthusiasm! Regional Sponsors include the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, UC Davis College of Engineering and the US Army.

We hope you too had a memorable experience at the Sacramento Regional.  We’d love to hear your stories.  Please consider sharing them with us here in the comments below or on our facebook page.  Photo and video links welcome!