Youth Robotics Teams Inspire Record Crowds at FIRST® Championship in Houston

At Minute Maid Park, FIRST, unveiled FIRST® RISESM, a unified season theme for all four FIRST programs that is powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, a philanthropic initiative from Lucasfilm and parent company Disney. This 2019-2020 season, themed around building sustainable cities for our future, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. The reveal video was narrated by Mark Hamill.

2019 FIRST Championship Winners

The 2019 winners of the competitions and awards announced in Houston are as follows:

Dean’s List Award – This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary.

From FIRST Robotics Competition:

  • Nicola Pang, Team 6579, Komplete Kaos Inc., Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jacob Rodriguez, Team 4322, Clockwork Oranges, Orange, Calif.
  • Chibale Anwisye, Team 931, Perpetual Chaos, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Divya Satrawada, Team 115, MVRT, Cupertino, Calif.
  • Lauren Vitellaro, Team 3574, High Tekerz, Seattle, Wash.

From FIRST Tech Challenge:

  • Emily Miner, Team 11256, Nano Nerds, Folsom, Calif.
  • Andy Li, Team 9829, MAKbots, San Antonio, Texas
  • Rispa Vranka Wafula, Team 7776, Loose Screws, Portland, Ore.
  • James Cassady, Team 9879, Root Negative One, Springdale, Ark.
  • Nanami Duncan, Team 5687, Cyber Mafia, Carson City, Nev.
  • Cole Nagata, Team 7548, SPAREPARTS, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Raul Rodriguez, Team 13536, Raspado Robotics, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Blake Sanders, Team 10497, SwampBots, Gainesville, Fla.

1. FIRST® Robotics Competition ChampionshipFIRST Robotics Competition combines sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, design a brand, exercise teamwork, and build and program robots to compete in an exciting game that includes autonomous and driver-operated periods. In the 2019 challenge, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented by The Boeing Company, two competing alliances collect samples on planet Primus. With only two-and-a-half minutes until liftoff, the alliances must gather as much cargo as possible and prepare their spaceships for liftoff before the next sandstorm arrives.

More than 94,000 students on 3,800 teams competed during the 2019 season.

  • Team 1902, Exploding Bacon, Orlando, Fla., won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, recognizing the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. Team 2682, Boneyard Robotics, Winterville, N.C., and Team 3646, INTEGRA BAHCESEHIR, Istanbul, Turkey, were Chairman’s Award Finalists.
  • The Winning Alliance of the FIRST Robotics Competition was Team 973, Greybots, Atascadero, Calif.; Team 1323, MadTown Robotics, Madera, Calif.; Team 5026, Iron Panthers, Burlingame, Calif.; and Team 4201, The Vitruvian Bots, El Segundo, Calif.

Other FIRST Robotics Competition Awards included:

Championship Finalists

Turing Subdivision

  • Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, San Jose, Calif.
  • Team 3310, Black Hawk Robotics, Heath, Texas
  • Team 6986, PPT bots, Nanjing, China
  • Team 948, NRG (Newport Robotics Group), Bellevue, Wash.

Subdivision Winners

Carver Subdivision

  • Team 1678, Citrus Circuits, Davis, Calif.
  • Team 7179, Crossfire, Garland, Texas
  • Team 3132, Thunder Down Under, Sydney, Australia
  • Team 1939, THE KUHNIGITS, Kansas City, Mo.

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