Sacramento Regional – 2019

Sacramento Regional – 2019

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!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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.


Press


Link to the above video and article here.
 

First place and more awards for Citrus Circuits


 

Kaprekar’s Constants compete in Sacramento Regional 2019


Support

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!

Los Angeles Regional – 2019

Los Angeles Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 56 Teams from California, Hawaii, Arizon and Chile PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Regional from March 20-23, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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 1515, MorTorq from Beverly Hills, 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 …

This year’s recipient strives to enrich their students with the knowledge of robotics and nurture their members as future leaders of society by creating a launch pad for their success.  As an active participant in FIRST for over 13 years, this team embodies FIRST’s mission by spreading their love of STEM beyond robotics in order to foster a multi-generational change. The team motivates members to create their own events, plan meetings, and develop vital leadership skills. They have developed applications for FRC teams to efficiently organize tasks, manage files chat with members, aid in scouting, map teams around the globe, and help track their inventory of parts.  This team impressed the judges with their Developer Evangelism, Qualitative Focus and introduction of ‘Women in STEM’ speaker series. They are MORE than a team, they are ‘MorTorq’.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 5512, Pizza Mecanica from Santiago, Chile
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 team has helped lead a regional culture shift toward inclusion of diverse team members in STEM activities and exposure to the FIRST philosophy, especially in underserved communities.  Based on significant growth over the past year, they have been recognized by national government agencies leading to increased visibility of FIRST, locally, and regionally. Their efforts to channel the message of FIRST through teacher engagement will allow this message to thrive and grow for years to come.  The passion, dedication and commitment to their community programs in robotics are a true inspiration to us all. For having demonstrated the core values and philosophy of FIRST in such a “flavorful” way, we recognize PIZZA MECÁNICA.

Regional Winners

Team 5199, Robot Dolphins from Outerspace from San Juan Capistrano
Team 330, Beach Bots from Hermosa Beach, CA
Team 2710, JetStream from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7871, South Gate High School Robotics from South Gate, 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 …

“When embarking on this journey, this team discovered a lot. Through partnerships with the team’s school, faculty, city, and other FRC teams, this rookie team launched a successful first season. With continued fundraising efforts, this team has built a strong foundation. We’re excited to recognize this team that came strong out the GATES.”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 2 Wild Cards)
Team 4415, Epic Robotz from Cerritos, CA
Team 2375, Dragon Robotics from Phoenix, AZ

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Shyla Summers from Team 589
What the judges had to say …

This Dean’s List finalist has been a long-time FIRST participant, and truly represents the best of FIRST through strong leadership, outreach activities, and technical contributions to the team.”

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Josef Kirkman from Team 687
What the judges had to say …

This Dean’s List finalist is a dedicated and hard-working team member. With strong technical and leadership skills, this individual motivates other team members and constantly promotes FIRST.”

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

Shane Palmerino from Team 330, Beach Bots 

Additional Awards

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


Press

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
High Schoolers Compete for Robotics Glory
AZFamily.com
Phoenix high school robotics team hopes to earn money for big competition

EQUIPO PIZZA MECÁNICA DEL LICEO VALENTÍN LETELIER CLASIFICA AL MUNDIAL DE ROBÓTICA


 


Support

An immense THANK YOU to all the Sponsors who contributed to this very successful Regional with funding, mentors, volunteers and enthusiasm! Regional Sponsors include Raytheon, Marathon, Roddenberry Foundation, Boeing, PWC, Southern California Edison, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Kenneth T and Eileen L Norrris Foundation, SpaceX, Boston Scientific, GoGuardian, Vigrin Orbit, Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Petty, Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation, The Habiby Family, Sue Baumgarten and David Totheroh, Bancroft-Clair Foundation and the Armand Hammer Foundation.


We hope you too had a memorable experience at the Los Angeles 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!
*Blog cover photo credit goes to Team 1323

Inaugural Monterey Bay Regional – 2019

Inaugural Monterey Bay Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 36 Teams from California and China PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Inaugural Monterey Bay FIRST Robotics Regional from March 21-24, 2019!
It was amazing to kick off the inaugural event with Woodie Flowers who, as always, inspired the crowd and spent time with each individual team. 
You can catch Woodie’s thought provoking opening speech in the video below. 👇🏼

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 1671, Buchanan Bird Brains from Clovis, 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 …

“This team flies around their community, delivering extensive mentoring and workshops. They’ve really spread their wings through their signature workshop in a box, children’s activity book, and other initiatives to help identify the districts in need of resources.
Terns for the worst?  No ruffled feathers, no grousing around.  There’s no ducking of responsibility on this team : they flock together and do what needs to be done.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 2073, EagleForce from Elk Grove, 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 …

“Their outreach to elementary schools, the community, and within their schools allow others to GEEK OUT. The RIGHT ARM of this team is reaching out on a project to help a student in their district. Their academy has expanded their school district’s offering of new classes. Their annual learning-based off-season event inspires other FRC teams. They have proven themselves as a FORCE to be reckoned with.

Regional Winners

Team 1671, Buchanan Bird Brains from Clovis, CA 
Team 6814, Ellipse from Santa Rosa, CA
Team 702, Bagel Bytes from Culver City, CA
Team 2643, Dark Matter from San Jose, CA


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7528, Nuts and Bolts from Morgan Hill, 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 …

“Our Rookie All-Star Award is presented to a team which was very efficient in their execution as demonstrated by IMPRESSIVE rankings this weekend. With a well stated business plan, including a mission to inspire enthusiasm for STEM, some key sponsorship and a sustainable plan with outreach PLUS helping a local middle school FLL team, this team has fastened themselves together to build and develop into a winning FIRST robotics team.

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 3 Wild Cards)
Team 3128, Aluminum Narwhals from San Diego, CA
Team 6506, Steel Boot from Salinas, CA 
Team 6059, System Overload Robotics from Livermore, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Christopher Oliver from Team 7667 
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Cady Boronkay from Team 2643
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

Shifei Yin from Team 5823 in China was presented the Woodie Flowers Finalist award by non-other than Woodie Flowers himself!

Additional Awards

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


Press


Above video and article link here.


Support

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 and Salad Savoy.
Thanks to Matt Lussier, Worldwide FIRST Program Manager from FIRST’s strategic partner Apple, who inspired all by reminding us that “humanity isn’t singular it’s plural, its our differences that bring us together” and to embrace diversity.

Opening remarks from Congressman Jimmy Panetta.


We hope you too had a memorable experience at the inaugural Monterey Bay 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!

Inaugural LA North FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Inaugural LA North FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 36 Teams from California, Hawaii, Arizona, China and Chinese Taipei PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Inaugural LA North FIRST Robotics Regional from March 14 – 17, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 1868, Space Cookies from Mountain View, 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 …

This team has created possibilities for thousands of students in their local area, around the US, and internationally.  They have changed people through their extensive rookie training program, by hosting FLL tournaments and mentoring FLL teams, and by assisting numerous FRC teams.  This team is authoring new ways to spread the word about FIRST and STEM. Any regular viewers of the Daily Show already knows who this team is… grab some milk and celebrate with the Space Cookies!”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 2429, La Canada Engineering Club from La Canada, 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 team has had an enormous impact on increasing commitment to STEM education in their local community and beyond. Their impact spreads across the entire Los Angeles area. They have developed a sustainable pipeline from FLL to FTC to FRC. They provide financial support that has helped to expand FIRST’s presence in Southern California, and they broth STEM classes into their school’s curriculum. Their heads are definitely filled with more than just blocks.”

Regional Winners

Team 1868, Space Cookies from Mountain View, CA
Team 6803, HAI-Panda from Shanghai, China
Team 2659, RoboWarriors from Mission Hills, CA

Photo Credit: Space Cookies


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7645, NK MTC from Chinese Taipei
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 team showed great Engineering practices while documenting their designs from sketches to prototype and beyond. Who knew dominoes could teach Robotics?”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 2 Wild Cards)
Team 2584, Flame of the West from Calabasas, CA
Team 691, Project 691 Robotics from Stevenson Ranch, CA
 

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Alison Wang from Team 599, Robodox

“This student is a clear go-getter and can definitely get things done! She was elected team president in her junior year, the first non-senior president of her team. She also raised $10,000 in sponsorships for her team. She has a true passion for her team and her community, even reaching out to disadvantaged youth by creating an FLL team at a local homeless shelter. We look forward to see the teams that she’s going to start in the future.”

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Maxwell Weinberger from Team 2429, La Canada Engineering Club

“Passion! Passion! Passion! This student started with FTC and later joined his team’s FRC team where he blossomed under the pressure. He was elected Captain because of his Passion, Leadership, and Focus, and his dedication to mentoring others has impressed his team and our judges.”

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

Shifei Yin 

Additional Awards

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


Support

An immense THANK YOU to all the Sponsors who contributed to this very successful Regional with funding, mentors, volunteers and enthusiasm! Regional Sponsors include Boston Scientific, Walt Disney Imagineering  and PwC .
We hope you too had a memorable experience at the LA North 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!

San Francisco FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

San Francisco FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 43 Teams from California, Hawaii and Turkey PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the San Francisco FIRST Robotics Regional, March 14-17, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 604, Quixilver from San Jose, 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.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 6814, Ellipse fron Santa Rosa, 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.

Regional Winners

Team 971, Spartan from Mountain View, CA
Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs from San Jose, CA
Team 5700, SOTA Cyberdragons from San Francisco, CA

Photo Credit: Team 971


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7419, Tech Support from Dublin, 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.

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 2 Wild Cards)
Team 649, M-SET Fish from Saratoga, CA
Team 5499, The Bay Orangutans from Berkeley, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Alexander Beaver from Team 100, The WildHats
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Divya Satrawada from Team 115, MVRT
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

Mitch Lichtenberg – Mentor for Team 649, M-SET Fish

Volunteer of the Year

Frank Kusiak
Frank impacts our community in numerous ways, as a FIRST Senior Head Ref, San Francisco Regional Planning Committee member, Monterey Bay Regional Planning Committee member and Head Ref, Scholarship Provider Coordinator for the Bay Area, and more.  Plus, he is an awesome grill master and we look forward to Frank’s famous ribs!

Additional Awards

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


Support

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, Oracle, Keysight Technologies and PWC.
The San Francisco Regional LAUNCHED with an opening ceremony speaker Jessica Marquez, NASA Ames Research Scientist. She truly captured the attention of the audience and inspired our students, mentors and volunteers alike.  

We are in DEEP SPACE appreciation for Keysight Technologies, our generous sponsor of the San Francisco Regional.  Sunday’s opening ceremony speech by Greg Vanwiggeren, R&D Integrating Manager at Keysight Labs included this inspirational video.

 
We hope you too had a memorable experience at the San Francisco 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!

Qualcomm Walks the Talk with FIRST Core Values

Qualcomm Walks the Talk with FIRST Core Values

As we embrace our exciting new theme “FIRST RISE℠” across all FIRST programs for the 2019/2020 season, we are especially grateful for our sponsors who share our common goal of “working together and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.”   One sponsor in particular that we’d like to give special thanks to for their international commitment plus deep involvement in FIRST California is Qualcomm. Their dynamic sponsorship and unwavering commitment to FIRST is a shining example of a strategic collaboration that helps to elevate all who are involved. They truly understand and model the meaning of “Together, We Rise” Their involvement with FIRST began 13 years ago when their Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer began volunteering as a judge at the San Diego Regional and immediately saw the power of FIRST and how mutually supportive a partnership could be.
Their local commitment quickly grew into a International Strategic Partnership that today looks like: EVENT SPONSORSHIP: FIRST Championship events sponsor since 2013 with the last 6 years as the Presenting Sponsor, FIRST events sponsor across programs in San Diego for 13 years, plus event sponsor at a number of other FIRST events nationally and internationally. MASSIVE TEAM SUPPORT: For the 2018-2019 season, Qualcomm supported more than 70 teams in California and hundreds more throughout the U.S and internationally, with Qualcomm employees acting as coaches, mentors, and event volunteers. INCREASED ACCESS: Through financial investment and outreach they’ve increased access to FIRST programs in 9 countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Korea, Israel, Ireland, India and the UK. They also focused on engaging underserved and underrepresented students. TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION: Provided more than 180,000 students from over 25 countries, hands-on experience with our Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile technology platform through integration in the FIRST Tech Challenge control system. 10,000+ EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER HOURS: More than 10,000 hours of volunteer time with students across the globe. In 2018 they saw an 85 percent increase in the number of employees mentoring FIRST teams from the year before.
A more in-depth look into their involvement with FIRST and their additional corporate responsibility initiatives can be found in their recent Sustainability Report. In the report they illustrate how their focus is on “bringing innovation, collaboration and increased access to STEM for students around the globe” and “giving today’s students the foundation they need to invent the future”.  They also highlight how “STEM education is a sustainability priority for Qualcomm focusing on increasing the talent pipeline within STEM-related careers and nurturing the next generation of inventors.

A Perfect Match!

It’s amazing to see how perfectly matched their STEM related efforts are with FIRST’s Core Values of Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Fun and Discovery.  It’s no accident that in 2014 Qualcomm earned the “Founders Award” presented each year by FIRST to one organization or individual for exceptional service in advancing the ideals and mission of FIRST! What makes their support so dynamic and stand-out is that they go above and beyond generous financial and time investments. They also put personal action behind their words to show that they truly care.

See how Qualcomm puts FIRST Core Values into Play!

INNOVATION: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.

  • WELCOME TO THE INVENTION AGE: “Welcome to the Invention Age” is their ethos and they creatively brought it to life by visiting California teams at FIRST Championship and asking them to complete this sentence “This is the age where I can invent_______________” and then sharing their response on Instagram.
They also visited teams to find out “what the phrase “Invention Age” means to them“. Hear what they had to say in the video below. To see more of Qualcomm’s amazing coverage of  FIRST Championship, see their Instagram Stories Highlight.
  •  QUALCOMM INNOVATION AWARD: They provide the $10,000 Qualcomm Innovation Award for the past 4 years at San Diego Regional.
 

IMPACT:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.

  • EXPANSIVE REACH: Through their Strategic Partnership with FIRST it is estimated that they have helped inspire nearly 500,000 people in science and technology over past year alone!
  • “MAKING FIRST WORK FOR YOU” PANEL MEMBER: Courtney Lach, Talent Acquisition Manager, was panel member for the “Making FIRST Work for You” event at FIRST Championship in Houston.
 

INCLUSION: We respect each other and embrace our differences.

  • “EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION” PANEL MEMBER: Natalie Dusi, Corporate Responsibility Program Manager at Qualcomm, was a panel member at the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion town hall meeting at the FIRST Championship. #allin
  • ENCOURAGING TEAM DIVERSITY: Vanitha Kumar, VP of Engineering at Qualcomm, was the Opening Ceremonies speaker at the San Diego Regional this year and her homework to attendees was to “Take a good look at your FIRST team to make sure it has the same level (or more) of diversity that is represented at your school.”
  • #FIRSTLIKEAGIRL: Qualcomm actively uses and engages with the #FIRSTlikeagirl hashtag on all channels of social media.

FUN: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

The Qualcomm team excels at FUN! We have to give Garrett and Natalie, our key contacts here in California, special recognition for the true enthusiasm and joy they both have for FIRST.  They love what they do and it shows.
  • CHAMPIONSHIP PIZZA PARTY: They helped kick off this year’s FIRST Championship in Houston by hosting an extravagant pizza party with great swag plus raffle prizes for over 800 attendees.
  • DIGITAL TRADING CARDS AT CHAMPIONSHIP:  They created clever Digital Trading Cards based on a number of California FIRST teams and shared via Instagram at FIRST Championship.
  • T-SHIRT GIVEAWAY: They distributed thousands of Qualcomm t-shirts at the San Diego Regional that were a hit and so much fun!

TEAMWORK: We are stronger when we work together.

DISCOVERY: We explore new skills and ideas.

  • QUALCOMM EMPLOYEE BREAKFAST: They host a Qualcomm Employee Family Breakfast at the San Diego Regional allowing their employees and their families to discover the fun, excitement and value of FIRST Robotics.
  • FUNDING FIRST REQUESTS ON DONOR CHOOSE: On 4/8/19 along with Bosch, Qualcomm fully funded every request for FIRST resources on DonorChoose!

We feel so fortunate to have such a perfectly-matched sponsor with a shared vision and lots of fun-fueled action to back it up!  

Los Angeles FTC Championship – 2019

Another fine FIRST Tech Challenge season is in the books!

Here are the results from the Los Angeles FTC Championship on March 9, 2019:

Inspire: 3526 Marlbots
Inspire 1st Runner Up: 10298 BrainStormz
Inspire 2nd Runner Up: 9881 Golden Gears
 
Winning Alliance Captain: 10298 BrainStormz
Winning Alliance 1st Picked: 4625 Kings and Queens
Winning Alliance 2nd Picked: 9512 Hippie Bots
 
Finalist Alliance Captain: 14921 AlphaOmega
Finalist Alliance 1st Picked: 5921 La Canada Engineering Club
Finalist Alliance 2nd Picked: 9873 Pika Tech
 

Think Award:

1. 542 WHS Robotics
2. 5218 Javabots
3. 6325 Aluminati

Connect Award:

1. 9881 Golden Gears
2. 4628 Suit Bots
3. 3526 Marlbots

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award:

1. 8564 Lockdown
2. 9881 Golden Gears
3. 12861 RoboHeros

Design Award:

1. 5921 La Canada Engineering Club
2. 3526 Marlbots
3. 10298 BrainStormz

Motivate Award:

1. 12525 Wolf Corp
2. 8564 Lockdown
3. 5218 Javabots

Control Award:

1. 5380 Electromedics Red
2. 12525 Wolf Corp
3. 12861 RoboHeros

Compass Award:

1. Julie Townsend, nominated by 5218 Javabots

2. Lloyd Kwan, nominated by 8564 Lockdown

3. Paul Flores, nominated by 9512 Hippie Bots

Promote Award:

1. 542 WHS Robotics

2. 3526 Marlbots

3. 8564 Lockdown

4. 6371 Machine Kings

Advancement

The following Los Angeles teams advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge Houston championship:

  • 3526 Marlbots
  • 10298 BrainStormz (previously advanced)
  • 4625 Kings and Queens
  • 9881 Golden Gears
  • 9512 Hippie Bots
  • 542 WHS Robotics
  • 14921 AlphaOmega
  • 5921 La Canada Engineering Club

The above results were reposted from the SoCal/Greater LA FTC Newsletter.  To sign-up for their newsletter, visit their FIRST TECH SOCAL webpage.

8th Annual Central Valley FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

8th Annual Central Valley FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 49 teams from California, Utah and Chinese Taipei PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the 8th Annual Central Valley FIRST Robotics Regional!


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ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 1678, Citrus Circuits from Davis, 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 FIRSTIt 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.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 585, Cyber Penguins from Tehachapi, 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.

Regional Winners

Team 1323, MadTown Robotics from Madera, CA
Team 1678, Citrus Circuits from Davis, CA
Team 7663, Sleuth Robotics from Fresno, CA

From Citrus Circuit’s Facebook page: A successful climb with two other robots to the third level, scoring a full 36 points during their second quarterfinals match.


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7589 – Lishan Blue Magpies from Taipei Special Municipality, Chinese Taipei
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.

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 2 Wild Cards)
Team 5026, Iron Panthers from Burlingam, CA
Team 1072, Harker Robotics from San Jose, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Cyrus Najmi-Vannini from Team 3495, MindCraft Robotics
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Maya Kesapradist from Team 6241, CowTech
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

Mary Allen – Mentor for Team 6305, Stable Circuits

Additional Awards

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


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13th Annual San Diego FIRST Robotics Regional presented by Qualcomm – 2019

13th Annual San Diego FIRST Robotics Regional presented by Qualcomm – 2019

Congratulations to the 47 Teams from California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands PLUS Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the 13th Annual San Diego FIRST Robotics Regional Competition presented by Qualcomm, March 6-9, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 1622, Spyder – from Poway, 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 FIRSTIt 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.
Here’s what the Judges had to say –

This team has consistently demonstrated the ideals of FIRST by inspiring teenagers throughout their community to pursue careers in engineering and STEM. They have created an innovation and engineering culture by establishing a women in engineering chapter, starting multiple teams in Title 1 schools, working with politicians to bring about legislative change, and more outreach than we can count. Providing a true model for other FIRST teams to emulate.
This innovation culture expanded globally as they provided mentoring, sustainability education, and financial support to teams in other countries with limited resources. Their web of influence may not get them to Hollywood, but they are going to Championships.”


Engineering Inspiration

Team 2485, W.A.R Lords – from San Diego, 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.
Here’s what the judges had to say –

This team’s impact extends from their school to the world stage. An eighth of their student body is engaged with various FIRST programs. They join with two other local teams to sponsor “Battle at the Border” during the off season. They sponsor FLL and FLL Jr. teams in eastern Europe. Inclusive engagement and empowerment which draws girls into STEM is a total WOW. Their outreach has no boundaries or walls.”


Regional Winners

Team 987, High Rollers – from Las Vegas, NV


Team 3647, Millennium Falcons – from San Diego, CA

Team 6995, NOMAD – from Escondido, CA

 


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7626, NLHS – from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei

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.
Here’s what the judges had to say –

This team is off to a great start!  With their focus on “learning by doing”, they recognize that building a strong, sustainable team is more important than building a robot.  They defined goals and objectives, created a thorough business plan, documented their team and engineering processes, and established a team structure organized to support their efforts.
In their rookie season, this team has shown all of us their honor and that they will never lose their self-confidence as they smoothly sail into the future.”

Regional Finalist

(advancing to Championships because of 3 wildcards)
Team 2839, Daedalus from Escondido

 
Team 6695, Alpha Knights from San Marcos

Team 3245, Ravens from Sandy, UT

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Ethan Champion from Team 1622, Spyder

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Farrah Kaiyom from Team 3647, Millennium Falcons

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

Todd Parr – Mentor for Team 1622, Spyder

Additional Awards

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


SPECIAL EVENTS

Women In Stem Event


Sponsored by Viasat

Alumni Mixer


Support

An immense THANK YOU to all the Sponsors who contributed to this very successful Regional with funding, mentors, volunteers and enthusiasm!
Regional Sponsors include Qualcomm Incorporated, Marathon, ViaSat, General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation, Leidos, Hewlett Packard, Booz Allen Hamilton and Solar Turbines.

Qualcomm sponsored teams

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Inaugural Del Mar FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Inaugural Del Mar FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 35 teams from California, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Turkey, Chile and Mexico PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the inaugural Del Mar FIRST Robotics Regional, Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 399, Eagle Robotics – from Lancaster, 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 FIRSTIt 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.
Here’s what the Judges had to say –

“This team has shown a sustained and strong commitment by establishing programs to introduce students of all ages to STEM and FIRST principles. They host multiple events to expose their community and emphasize underserved and under-represented groups. They broaden their horizons and impact through international outreach, but their true passion for FIRST is found closer to the nest.
The key part of this community focus; is to create a strong partnership with their district to support robotics teachers, provide facilities, and teach other teams how to start and grow. This “CORE” focus on their local community shows that FIRST can blossom, thrive, and soar above the desert.”


Engineering Inspiration

Team 2012, Paradox – from Encinitas, 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.
Here’s what the judges had to say –

“This established student led team actively reaches out throughout their community promoting FIRST ideals. From branding FIRST through an annual district wide marketing meeting to inspiring new team members through a customized learning program, they continuously foster FIRST ideals. Developing team members through active mentoring and student led classes allow all their members to achieve their potential. How a team with 35 rookie members can perform at such a top level is a paradox to us.”


Regional Winners

Team 4414, HighTide – from Ventura, CA

Team 3647, Millennium Falcons – from San Diego

Team 5526, tCATs – from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico


Regional Finalist

(advancing to Championship event due to a Wildcard)
Team 2576, Chilean Heart from Santiago, Chile

Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7426, Pair of Dice – from Las Vegas, NV


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.
Here’s what the judges had to say –

“While it should be no surprise as to who the winner is – we wanted to highlight how strong of a robotic team this is…
One year in, with a crew of 20 mostly sophomores, they have recruited and supported multiple FRC and FLL teams, and their mentor leaves little to chance. May the rest of your inaugural season go as smoothly as this one, as you have qualified to attend the Championships!”

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Lawrence Chang from Team 8, Paly Robotics


FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Blake Lieber from Team 2102, Paradox

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

Patrick Rambo Vieira – Mentor for Team 7426, Pair of Dice Robotics 


Additional Awards

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

Photos

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