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

Media Attention

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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.

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4th Annual Orange County FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

4th Annual Orange County FIRST Robotics Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 50 Teams from California, Colorado, China and the Netherlands PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the 4th Annual Orange County FIRST Robotics Regional, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 3309, Friarbots from Anaheim, 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 …

“They fuel the mission of FIRST into Deep Space with cost free STEM outreach activities.  They make a deep impact on the FIRST community by hosting events for teams from galaxies far, far away. This team also lights the way for the future with “out of this world” summer camps and Battleship Blast.”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 4481, Team Rembrandts from Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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 brings energy and happiness as they work with alliance partners to support teams within FIRST and hold mind blowing outreach events and SolidWorks tutorials. This team inspires FLL, FTC and FRC, all levels of FIRST, to blast off with passion for STEM. They fuel the mission of engineering with youth inspiring youth and support for a round the clock call center. If things get complicated, bring in the Dutch.

Regional Winners

Team 330, The Beach Bots from Hermosa Beach, CA
Team 973, Greybots from Atascadero, CA
Team 597, The Wolverines from Los Angeles, CA


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7447, Ronin Robotics from Irvine, 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 …

“In the midst of creating their very own robot they have committed a generous amount of community service directly related to middle school robotics programs. By combining forces with tech, innovation and programming they have become bulldogs for inspiring others. These samurai inspire students to pursue an education and career in STEM.”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 3 Wild Cards)
Team 4079, Quantum Leap from Cypress, CA
Team 4276, Surf City Vikings from Huntington Beach, CA
Team 5805, SMbly Required from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Adrian Machado from Team 3309, Friarbots
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Marc Anthony Maciel from Team 7157, μBotics
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

Shaoni Bandyopadhyay – Mentor for Team 812, The Midnight Mechanics

Additional Awards

Congratulations to the Teams and individuals that earned the remaining awards at the Orange County 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 PWC, Marathon, Walt Disney Imagineering, Applied Medical, Southern California Edison, Boeing, Comcast, Coxs, First American, Hewlett Packard.

Media Attention

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FIRST LEGO League teams build a brighter future at LEGOLAND

FIRST LEGO League teams build a brighter future at LEGOLAND

In March, LEGOLAND California was host to 2 separate FIRST LEGO League events.


Spring Showdown – 3/16-3/17

With the regular FIRST LEGO League season wrapped up, LEGOLAND® California played host to the 11th annual Spring Showdown last month. Spring Showdown is an event specific to LEGOLAND California that began as an effort to keep FIRST LEGO League teams interested in robotics year round.
Using current FIRST LEGO League board and repurposing the mission models to a new theme, Spring Showdown is a way to get FIRST LEGO League teams thinking outside the box while challenging them.
This year’s Spring Showdown theme was Robots of Tomorrow.
The premise: complete the missions of the past to save the future of LEGOs.  Taking from the FIRST Robotics Competition playbook of alliance partners, the “On the Spot” challenge is a part of the competition where teams are assigned to work with two other teams, “alliance partners”, to complete a series of missions they have never seen before. Partners are given 90 minutes to work together before they compete.
Many thanks to Paul Kass, the creator and director for this event and has been a part of FIRST LEGO League for 16 years!


FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. International Open Expo – 3/29-3/31

Thirty FIRST LEGO League Jr teams from across the US and around the world took over LEGOLAND California for the 2nd annual FIRST LEGO League Jr International Expo. Teams came from United States, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Egypt, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria and Costa Rica.

This event introduces our youngest teams to educational travel, new cultural experiences, and a chance to bond with other children who are also beginning their journey of engagement with FIRST. The Open Expo experience enhances the camaraderie, learning, fun, and cultural sharing of FIRST, and provides teams an opportunity to showcase their work and learn from each other in a fun, unique, exciting and supportive venue.


A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers that help make these exciting and complex events fun and successful!

FIRST California Sponsor Spotlight: Raytheon

FIRST California Sponsor Spotlight: Raytheon

Raytheon has been involved with FIRST since 2004, supporting regional competitions, robotics teams with sponsorships and mentor programs as well as providing scholarship opportunities to FIRST students. For the 2018-2019 season, Raytheon will support more than 40 teams in California and many more throughout the U.S., with Raytheon employees acting as coaches, mentors, designers and general volunteers to teams.


EMPLOYEES WHO CARE

This season, Raytheon employees will contribute more than 8,000 hours volunteering and mentoring students on robotics teams in California alone!
Fazlul Zubair, Raytheon employee and dedicated FIRST mentor and volunteer, was able to spare a few moments out of his busy schedule leading up to the Los Angeles Regional to give us a first-hand look into his experience.
As the Department Manager in the System Integration and Test Center at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Fazlul first volunteered at a FIRST event 8 years ago, loved the experience and has been heavily involved ever since.
Each year he logs over 1200 hours in support of various FIRST events and is currently a mentor for Team 4201, The Vitruvian Bots and Team 6904, The TeraWatts.  During build and competition season he drops by the school after work on Tuesday’s and Friday’s, and spends Saturday and Sunday with the team. In addition to mentoring, he also is a member of the Los Angeles Regional planning committee and serves as the Head Referee for FIRST Lego League in the Los Angeles Region.
We captured the above photo of Fazlul with his wife, Shahnaz, as her team was getting ready for their next match in the quarter finals at the San Diego Regional competition.  Shahnaz was inspired to start her own team after watching and working with Fazlul’s team for so many years. Yes – FIRST is a family affair!
We asked him to tell us about the most rewarding part of being involved in FIRST and he shared that it’s,

“Hiring these talented students to work at Raytheon and on my programs. I have also developed as an engineer, learning new skills such as CAD, programming, and machining. Working with high school students to form a team also helps make me a better leader at Raytheon.”

And like so many others in FIRST, he knows first-hand that it’s more than just the robots.  Fazlul shared this story about how he sees FIRST changing lives.

“Students come into FIRST with other career plans, then after a season decide to go into STEM fields. I have seen this over and over again. The best example is our Systems Director. She started high school with the intention to be an English teacher, and now she wants to work in STEM, then come back and teach engineering to the next generation!”

Participating in FIRST comes with many great stories, so we asked Fazlul to tell us about one of his favorite and this is what he told us.

“My favorite thing to do at FIRST is to be around a robot in production, turning to a new student and saying “could you give me a hand?” The look of confusion, uncertainty, and doubt starts creeping in and I can see the wheels turning in their mind. They are thinking, “I don’t know how to do that”, or “I haven’t used tools before”, or “What if I get something wrong?”. This is even more the case when female students are involved due to the STEM equity gap between genders. Once the student gets past the initial apprehension, I enjoy seeing their confidence grow. Soon, they are encouraging and showing others how to get involved.”

There is no doubt that this kind of commitment from mentors and volunteers can involve a time and energy commitment, so we asked Fazlul why he continues to come back year after year.
He said he does it

“to inspire the next generation and bring more kids into STEM. I love to work to help make FIRST accessible to more communities to ensure we give everyone the chance to “go pro” in STEM.”

Congrats to their team, TeraWatts, for earning the Judges Award at the San Diego Regional last weekend!
FIRST Robotics - TeraWatts
 
This season, Raytheon employees will contribute more than 8,000 hours volunteering and mentoring students on robotics teams in California alone!


NARROWING THE GENDER GAP

In an ongoing effort to narrow the gender gap and increase diversity in the workplace, Raytheon began hosting a Women in STEM event at the Los Angeles Regional in 2017. They then grew the event to a highly successful Women in STEM Speed Mentoring event for over 100 young women in 2018.  The event encouraged them to tackle the challenge of diversity in STEM by becoming a future scientist, engineer or programmer. Nine Raytheon women engineers shared important lessons about making it in a field where women are often underrepresented.
 

This year, their Women In Stem event will be open to female FIRST team members and mentors at the Los Angeles Regional AND to female SciFest attendees.
2019 Women In Stem
sponsored by Raytheon
March 23, 2019: 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M
Los Angeles Convention Center
Room 408 on the 2nd Level Concourse.
Come hear from high profile women who are space engineers and leaders as they describe for you the amazing and innovative technologies they work on every day. Hear about their innovative jobs, career journeys, and overcoming strategies in the workplace. Ask them your most pressing questions during an interactive Q&A.


$40,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

Raytheon also annually awards $1,000 FIRST Scholarships to 40 high school seniors and college students who participate in the competition and pursue undergraduate education as STEM majors.


MORE RAYTHEON / FIRST STORIES!

Read more stories about Raytheon’s commitment to FIRST:
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/one-robot-maker-another
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/first_comes_full_circle
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/first-robotics-2016-champs
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/first_robotics
https://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/robot_wizards


Raytheon’s on-going commitment to FIRST is helping to cultivate valuable STEM skills that create sustainable careers for future innovators. We are so thankful for their dynamic and generous sponsorship.

California Teams Makin' Waves Outside Our Golden State

California Teams Makin' Waves Outside Our Golden State

Over the last 6 weeks, we’ve been sharing about the hundreds of teams that we’ve hosted at 12 FIRST Regionals here in California. While during that same time, we’ve also had a number of California teams who’ve also been on the road at 9 out-of-state Regionals makin’ waves outside our Golden State!
We’ve shared the accomplishments of these California teams below.



WEEK 2:

CANADIAN PACIFIC REGIONAL
Team 846

  • Regional Finalist – Wildcard to Champs
  • Autonomous Award
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award – Payton Wong

 
Team 1452

  • Gracious Professionalism Award

 
WEEK 3:
GREAT NORTH REGIONAL (N.Dakota)
Team 8

  • Autonomous Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
ARIZONA NORTH REGIONAL
Team 687

  • Autonomous Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 1138

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 1622

  • Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Safety Award

 
Team 5496

  • In Quarter-Finals
  • Judges Award

 
Team 6474

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
WEEK 4:

IOWA REGIONAL
Team 1622

  • Safety Award

 
WEEK 5:
IDAHO REGIONAL

WINNING ALLIANCE: Teams 3647 & 5012 from California & Team 1566 from Idaho. 📷PC: Team 3647


Team 1160

  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • Deans List Finalist – Kimia Hassibi
  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 1622

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 2144

  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 2643

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 3647

  • Regional Winner
  • Excellence in Engineering Award

 
Team 4698

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 5012

  • Regional Winner
  • Safety Award
  • Imagery Award

 
Team 6918

  • In Semi-Finals

 
UTAH REGIONAL

WINNING ALLIANCE: Teams 971 & 4738 from California and Team 3478 from Mexico. 📷PC: Team 4738


Team 399

  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 971

  • Regional Winner
  • Innovation in Control Award

 
Team 1700

  • Regional Finalist – Wildcard to Championships

 
Team 2102

  • Quality Award
  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 3045

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 3255

  • Imagery Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 3598

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 4738

  • Regional Winner

 
Team 5430

  • Gracious Professionalism

 
LAS VEGAS REGIONAL

CHAIRMAN’S WINNER: Team 2485 from California. 📷PC: Team 2485


Team 696

  • Industrial Design Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 1197

  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 1388

  • Innovation in Control Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 1572

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 1836

  • Autonomous Award
  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 2485

  • Chairmans Award
  • Safety Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 3309

  • Regional Finalist
  • Quality Award

 
Team 4322

  • Deans List Finalist – Jacob Rodriguez
  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 4501

  • In Semi-Finals

 
Team 5025

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 5285

  • In Quarter-Finals

 
Team 5851

  • Imagery Award

 
Team 6821

  • Judges Award

 
Team 6822

  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • In Quarter-Finals

 
WEEK 6:
ARIZONA WEST
Team 1662

  • Alliance 2 Pick 1, out in SemiFinals

 
CANADIAN ROCKIES
Team 1622

  • Alliance 3 Pick 1, out in Quarter Finals
  • Entrepreneurship Award

Team 3250

  • Alliance 5 Pick 1, out in Quarter Finals
  • Safety Award
  • Autonomous Award
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award – James (Ben) Ballenger

 


We are so proud to see that 83 FRC teams from California have secured at spot at Champs!
Thank you Janet McKinley for keeping your eyes on our teams and tracking this info as they continued to shine on the road.

San Diego FTC Championship – 2019

Congratulations to the entire region on another amazing season! 

Here are the awardees for this year’s Regional Championship on March 3, 2019:

Inspire Award
1st Place – The Clueless (Advances)
2nd Place – Rise of Hephaestus (Advances)
3rd Place – Inspiration
Winning Alliance
Captain – The Clueless (Already advanced above)
1st Pick – Crescendo (Advances)
2nd Pick – Inspiration
Finalist Alliance
Captain – Rise of Hephaestus
1st Pick – Garage Bots
2nd Pick – Green.Griffins;
Think Award – Level Up
Connect Award – Zorrobots
Collins Aerospace – Crescendo
Design Award – Green.Griffins;
Motivate Award – Lost CTRL
Control Award – Fast and Curious
Promote Award – Retro
Compass Award – Doug (Buffalo Wings)
Judges Award – San Clemente High Try{Tons}
Judges Award – Scorpio

Photos

2019 SDFTC Regional Photo Gallery – 999 images courtesy of STEAMMaker and 4DSci!


Still want to compete in the off-season with your Rover Ruckus Robot?

Here are 3 opportunities for you:


The award results above and off-season info were re-posted from the San Diego FIRST Tech Challenge website.

Aerospace Valley Regional – 2019

Aerospace Valley Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 37 Teams from California, Nevada, Istanbul and Switzerland PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Aerospace Valley FIRST Robotics Regional from April 3-6, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 589, Falkon Robotics from La Crescenta, 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 successfully targets the proper resources to achieve their goals for diversity. Their use of effective social media helps these space explorers soar to global heights. Their systematic approach propels their school community forward through partnering with sponsors to lunch and learn. “They don’t just build good robots, they build good people!”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 5857, Walnut Valley Robotics from Walnut, 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 enthusiastically brought engineering and FIRST into their schools, district, community and beyond.  They are nuts about fostering future members and STEM professionals by mentoring FIRST Lego League teams and FIRST Tech Challenge Teams and tournaments.  This team does not let a wall stop their spread of FIRST and the opportunities of STEM careers but they have moved their enthusiasm out of the country.  They’re “Ghana” change lives with their efforts.”

Regional Winners

Team 1678, Citrus Circuits from Davis, CA
Team 3476, Code Orange from Irvine, CA
Team 2637, Phantom Catz from Rolling Hills Estates, CA


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7607, Pass The Wrench from Palmdale, 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 team has “stepped up to the plate” by building their robot to bring to compete and support the mission of FIRST to inspire other students to learn more about how fun and exciting science and technology can be.  This young but strong team will be one to watch in upcoming Robotics Competitions!”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of a Wild Card)
Team 6072, Triton Tech from Newport Beach, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Piper Hallack from Team 4014, Top Hat Technicians
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Carter Laws from Team 6957, The A.C.E.S.
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

Robin Dorfman from Team 980, Thunderbots

Awards

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


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Press

ANTELOPE VALLEY PRESS:
Robotics Teams Draw Cheers During Competition


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 NASA, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley Union High School District, Mojave Air and Space Port, BMS Lumber, Destination Lancaster, Primetime Party Rentals and Aerospace Valley Robotics.


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Details of DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE 2019 Robotics Game Revealed to 100,000 students

Details of DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE 2019 Robotics Game Revealed to 100,000 students

Inventor and FIRST Founder Dean Kamen launched the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition season on Saturday with the Kickoff of a new robotics game called DESTINATION:DEEP SPACE in New Hampshire, hometown of FIRST Headquarters. Nearly 100,000 high-school students on 3,790 teams at 146 venues around the globe joined the 2019 Kickoff via a live broadcast.
DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE finds FIRST Robotics Competition teams collecting samples on Planet Primus.
Two competing alliances will combat unpredictable terrain and weather patterns, making remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only two minutes and thirty seconds until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships for departure before the next sandstorm arrives.
OFFICIAL GAME ANIMATION:

At Saturday’s Kickoff, teams were shown the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE game field and challenge details for the first time and received the Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts, which is made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials, and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions.
Working with adult mentors, students have limited time to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the global 173 Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.
The Boeing Company is the presenting sponsor for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition season. As a FIRST Strategic Partner, Boeing supports FIRST in many ways including: sponsorship of teams, employee volunteerism and mentorship, scholarships, and financial contributions. In February 2018, the company provided a $1.5 million grant to FIRST – part of a broader $3.5 million commitment – to assist in the development of targeted mentorship programs that increase STEM diversity, proficiency, and interest among K-12 students.
“Through charitable grants which fund STEM programs like FIRST, Boeing ensures students develop the skills they need to succeed in the future,” said John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “Exposure to STEM subjects and experiences provides students opportunities to hone their critical thinking skills and learn to collaborate with one another — skills critical in today’s marketplace.”
California will be the host to 12 Regional FRC events in 2019:
2/27 – 3/2: Orange County Regional
2/28 – 3/3: Del Mar Regional
3/6 – 3/9: Central Valley Regional
3/6 – 3/9: San Diego Regional
3/14 – 3/17: San Francisco Regional
3/14 – 3/17: Los Angeles North Regional
3/20  – 3/23: Sacramento Regional
3/20 – 3/23: Los Angeles Regional
3/21 – 3/24: Monterey Bay Regional
3/27 – 3/30: Ventura Regional
3/28 – 3/31: Silicon Valley Regional
4/3 – 4/6: Aerospace Valley Regional
The 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff event is an opportunity for teams from all over the world to come together as a community to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled. Teams at local Kickoffs in Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States watched the proceedings via live broadcast.
In California, thousands of students, mentors, sponsors and volunteers gathered at 13 Kickoff locations throughout the state.
Now it’s GO TIME!  We wish everyone the best of luck over the next 6 weeks as innovative minds and problem solving skills are put to the test!
Silicon Valley Regional – 2019

Silicon Valley Regional – 2019

Congratulations to the 59 Teams from California, Minnesota, Turkey and China PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Silicon Valley FIRST Robotics Regional from March 28-31, 2019!

ADVANCING TO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON!!!

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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 2220, Blue Twilight from Eagan, Minnesota
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 truly inspires
By connecting all the WIRES
Changing the world order
This robot team with no border
From establishing a beachhead
On the old farmstead
To making innovations
Even at the United Nations
Inspiring beyond their quota
This team from Minnesota
The RCA Award of FIRST light
Goes to team Blue Twilight

Engineering Inspiration

Team 649, M-SET Fish from Saratoga, 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’s sponsorship of FLL teams is a matter of pride, and their partnership with 4 award winning FTC teams shows a commitment to the FIRST mission. They lead a hands-on class at a community youth facility and workshops at their local library, impacting over 700 middle school students led by over 100 students affiliated with this team.
MMMM-agnificent communication skills demonstrated by students describing how they spread their SPLASH to meet the FIRST mission and strong support from their school, like a MANTA from heaven, in the form of an identity-affirming lab, means there is no need to FISH for mechanical, science or engineering team resources.”

Regional Winners

Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs from San Jose, CA
Team 5499, The Bay Orangutans from Berkeley, CA
Team 6418, The Missfits from San Francisco, CA


Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7667, OtterBots from Napa, 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 rookie team built a machine with a BUCKET for their youthful enthusiasm.  Their carnivorous robot took good care of its owners, who in turn made sure the bot was well-fed on its favorite foods –  cargo balls, fish, and other invertebrates.
This young team contacted dozens of organizations before finding supporters to fund their team. They campaigned to be the most inclusive team they could be, obtaining waivers so middle school students in their community could join. This winning team and their robot “Dozer” have a good home in the back of an autoshop, nestled between the vineyards.”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 2 Wild Cards)
Team 972, Iron Claw from Los Gatos, CA
Team 7308, Deep Vision from Los Altos, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Kevin Wang from Team 199
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Kaitlyn Kumar from Team 1967
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

Alvin Cheng from Team 1967, The Janksters.
See scanned 35mm photo below at the 1999 Silicon Valley Regional, where Alvin (on the right in Hawaiian shirt) participated as a student – he’s not aged a day in 20 years!

Awards

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


Press

 ABC 7 News

Link to full article and video 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, the KLA Foundation, Qualcomm, Oracle, Bosch, Arm and Atlassian.

Thank you to Philip Roan from FIRST’s Strategic Partner Bosch for sharing their broad portfolio and how they support FIRST teams a
round the world.
The Silicon Valley community graciously thanks KLA for their generous support of teams and sponsorship of the Silicon Valley Regional.
Checkout the KLA video and speech by Jijen Vazhaeparambil, Senior VP and General Manager.


We hope you too had a memorable experience at the Silicon Valley Regional 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!
 

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