Full Speed Ahead with RAPID REACT

Full Speed Ahead with RAPID REACT

A week ago the details of this season’s game, RAPID REACT, were revealed and our FIRST Robotics Competition teams in California are wasting no time in getting their robot built!

Teams have been challenged to build robots to deliver their payloads and collect cargo balls for delivery, receiving assistance from human players at the terminal.  For more details, take a look at the game animation video.

Upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition Regional events in California:

A quick glance at Instagram will show you teams are busy planning, prototyping and having FUN!  Be sure to tag us at @firstroboticscalifornia and use hashtag #FIRSTinCA so that we don’t miss your posts!

FLL Championship & Explore Festival – California Southern

FLL Championship & Explore Festival – California Southern

The California Southern Region held the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Championship events for 100 teams at Poway High School (hosted by FRC Team Spyder) and West Ranch High School (hosted by Project 691 Robotics) on December 12, 2021.

The events also saw 40 FIRST LEGO League Explore teams for their Festival, where they shared their Show Me Poster and spoke to reviewers.

We would like to thank all of our wonderful coaches and volunteers for helping to make these events possible!

FIRST LEGO League Challenge Championship 

 Poway, CA

1st Place Champions

 mc^2

Advancing to Razorback Open Invitational in Arkansas

2nd Place Champions

Nevergreen

Advancing to Razorback Open Invitational in Arkansas

3rd Place Champions

Garage Engineers

Advancing to Western Edge Invitational (remote event)

Global Innovation Award Regional Nominee

Nevergreen
Tinkerbits
Bubble Guppies

Coach/Mentor Award

Coach David with Techno Tigers 2

1st Place Robot Performance Hybrid

Architech
score of 620

1st Place Robot Performance Remote

Tinkerbits
score of 680

1st Place Innovation Project

Brainy Builders

1st Place Robot Design

Bubble Guppies

1st Place Core Values

Fierce

FIRST LEGO League Challenge Championship 

Santa Clarita, CA

1st Place Champions

SF Hackers

Advancing to World Festival in Houston

2nd Place Champions

Super Smash Bro-Bots

Advancing to Razorback Open Invitational in Arkansas

3rd Place Champions

Girl Scouts OCBC Kargo Koalas

Advancing to Western Edge Invitational (remote event)

Global Innovation Award Regional Nominees

Rusty Sailors

Coach/Mentor Award

Coach Ravi with

CSK ROBOT3RS

1st Place Robot Performance Hybrid

SF Hackers
score of 585

1st Place Robot Performance Remote

Impacteers
score of 465

1st Place Innovation Project

Unicorns of Doom Delivery Service Fueled by Chicken Nuggets and Macaron

1st Place Robot Design

Ze Yetibots

1st Place Core Values

Rusty Sailors

FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival

Poway, CA

FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival

Santa Clarita, CA

 Team LEGO Mission
Advancing to World Festival in Houston

 

Congratulations to all teams that competed this season and we hope to see you at one of our off-season events!

FLL Championship & Explore Festival – Central California

FLL Championship & Explore Festival – Central California

The California-Central Region held the Central California Championship event on December 11th for both FIRST LEGO League Challenge and FIRST LEGO League Explore.

Central Valley Robotics would like to thank all of our wonderful coaches and volunteers for helping to make the event possible, including FRC Team 1671: Buchanan Bird Brains, FTC Team 14323: Half-Wit Hatchlings and FTC Team 17094: E.G.G.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge Championship 

 Clovis, CA

Congratulations to the 39 teams from Fresno, Madera, Merced, Tulare, and Kern counties who competed in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Championship!

1st Place Champions

LEGO WOLVES from Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano

Advancing to World Festival in Houston

2nd Place Champions

Redstone Revolution from Bud Rank Elementary in Clovis

Advancing to Razorback Open Invitational in Arkansas

3rd Place Champions

Buzzing Builders from Fugman Elementary in Fresno

Advancing to Western Edge Invitational (remote event)

Global Innovation Award Regional Nominee

LEGO WOLVES from Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano

Coach/Mentor Award

Alex Castellanoz with LEGO WOLVES in Delano

1st Place Robot Performance

Redstone Revolution from Bud Rank Elementary School in Clovis

1st Place Robot Design

37° North in Clovis

1st Place Core Values

Auto Bots from Wonderful College Prep in Delano

1st Place Innovation Project

Mech Tech Marlins from Fugman Elementary in Fresno

Robot Matches 

FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival

 Clovis, CA

Congratulations to the 11 teams who participated in the FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival from Fresno and Madera counties!

 

COVID-19 Updates – 2021-2022 Season

We are continuing to develop plans on how to best support FIRST events across all programs for the 2021 – 2022 Season. This includes the ability to implement modifications such as the use of masks, health screening, event scaling, social distancing, event formatting, and other precautions as determined by local conditions and regulations.

We will continue to offer program and event modifications that include traditional (in-person), remote, or hybrid format options. The event format will be based on local conditions and regulations. 

For the latest information about FIRST events in your region in California, contact your local Program Delivery Partner.

Providing opportunities for hands-on learning and recognizing our teams’ incredible accomplishments are key elements to the lasting impact of FIRST. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to disrupt many aspects of our lives, including the ability in some cases to gather in-person. So while we’re looking forward to seeing in-person competition and celebration, we are ready to adjust plans if needed. We remain committed to deliver our programs to as many students as possible, as safely as possible.

We thank you for your continued support for our mission as we navigate the season together!

Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador Teams Announced

Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador Teams Announced

What better time to announce our four new Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador teams than during #NationalInventorsMonth?

Thanks to the generous support of Qualcomm, this season we created the Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador Team grant. The grant was inspired by the 2021 FIRST Innovation Challenge sponsored by Qualcomm which gave students the opportunity to explore what it means to be an innovator and find solutions to society’s greatest challenges that impact the world for generations to come.

We are so proud to have 16 semi-finalist and 4 finalists from California FIRST Robotics Competition teams for the FIRST Innovation Challenge!

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do,” said Natalie Dusi, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We couldn’t be more proud of the teams who participated in this year’s challenge and are thrilled to see so many California teams represented as finalists.”

QUALCOMM INNOVATION AMBASSADOR TEAMS

California FIRST Robotics Competition teams that were selected as FIRST Innovation Challenge semi-finalist were able to apply to be a Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador team for their region.

The Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador designation honors the teams that have committed to exploring the many facets of what it means to be an innovator and best embody the Qualcomm ethos of “We dream big. We invent bigger.”

The teams selected for this grant will help us grow the Innovation Challenge and raise the bar of amazing and creative solutions coming from our FIRST teams.

We had a lot of remarkable applications and it was a tough decision, but we are excited to announce the winning teams for the 2021 Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador Grant as:

Please take a moment to listen to winning team’s personal stories of impact that resulted from participating in the the FIRST Innovation Challenge.

 

GREATER SAN DIEGO INNOVATION AMBASSADOR

Team 3749 – Team Optix
San Diego, CA

GREATER LOS ANGELES INNOVATION AMBASSADOR

Team 867 – Absolute Value
Arcadia, CA

GREATER CENTRAL VALLEY INNOVATION AMBASSADOR

Team 5458 – Digital Minds
Woodland, CA

GREATER SAN FRANCISCO BAY INNOVATION AMBASSADOR

Team 115 – MVRT
Cupertino, CA

Congratulations to our new Qualcomm Innovation Ambassador teams!  We are excited to see how they use their ingenuity to ignite future inventors with their stories and passion!

San Diego FTC – Workshop

San Diego FTC – Workshop

Why is Math always sad? Because it’s got nothing but problems.

This and many other bad jokes kept the audience of students, mentors, and coaches for San Diego FTC amused in between technical and information sessions at a regional FTC workshop held virtually on 12/19/20.

FTC Regional Program Partner Matt Nilsen shared that the region will assign teams to their league in January and that teams will get to test out the virtual systems in mid-January league meets.

Over eighty attendees logged in to learn what to include in their Robot Inspection videos, how the Remote Hub works, details and deadlines for Dean’s List applicants, and technical breakout sessions hosted by local teams. Throughout the call attendees designed a region-wide fun challenge at the end of the call to wrap up the session with a hands-on, virtual competition using game elements from this season’s challenge.

Devin Briese provided an overview of what teams need to include on their Hardware Inspection videos and shared where teams can get more information.

Julie Bonnardel reviewed the process for students to apply for Dean’s List followed by Victor Cicarrelli providing the region their first overview of the remote hub. Cicarrelli will host subsequent training classes for teams to get more experience with the virtual hub before regional league play begins.

Three teams, Roboctopi, Crash Test, and Mechanical Advantage then led breakout sessions to help other teams with their industrial designs for this season’s robots.

Students and coaches got into the fun sharing seasonal and other bad jokes like these: Who is the fattest knight at the round table? SirCumfrence. He got that way from eating too much pi.

Follow more fun from San Diego FTC at sdftc.org!

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