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South Florida qualified for Global Robotics Championship


Students advanced following competitions putting custom-built robots to the test. Others win honors for design, sportsmanship, and partnership

Attended by thousands of fans, families, educators and industry leaders, the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition South Florida Regional awarded several teams with honors that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses and communities. Held at the Palm Beach Convention Center on March 3rd and 4th, the 48 high school student teams competed to earn a spot at the FIRST Championship, held April 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

With the hope of winning one of the several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional Mentors to design and build a robot over a six week period that solved a problem using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules.

In FIRST STEAMWORKS, two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power must prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

Each team clearly demonstrated teamwork, professionalism and strategic thinking in solving the competition’s challenges. The energy level from the audience cheering on the teams was tremendous. Students, school groups, community members and professional team Mentors filled the stands and helped to bring a level of fun and excitement to the competition. With the sustained support of the South Florida community, this robotics competition will continue to grow and inspire students to study math, science and engineering, said Sandra Contreras, Regional Director of FIRST in Florida.

Students participating in FIRST are eligible to apply for over $50 million dollars in scholarships from leading universities, colleges and companies. Scholarship announcements are made at the FIRST Championship in Houston. Since its beginning, FIRST has significantly improved students’ attitude towards math, science and teamwork. Students who participate show increased interest in pursuing internship and employment opportunities in science and engineering, especially with companies that are involved with FIRST.

Winners of the FIRST Robotics Competition 2017 South Florida Regional Awards include:

Regional Chairman’s Award**

(highest award of the competition)

Team 694 - Stuyvesant High School - New York, NY  USA
Engineering Inspiration Award** (second highest award of competition)Team 2152 - Spruce Creek High School & University High School - Port Orange, FL  USA
FIRST Dean's List Finalist AwardTeam 2383 - American Heritage - Plantation, FL  USA
FIRST Dean's List Finalist AwardTeam 233- Rockledge Senior High School & Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School & Space Coast Junior/Senior High School & Viera High School - Rockledge/Cocoa Beach, FL  USA
Regional Winners**Team 3653 - West Broward High School - Pembroke Pines, FL  USA

Team 386 - Melbourne Senior High School - Melbourne, FL  USA

Team 6388 - Eyüboğlu Eğitim Kurumları - Istanbul, Turkey

Team 6225 - Golden Rule Academy - Fort Pierce, FL  USA

Regional FinalistsTeam 1523 - Palm Beach Gardens High School & Jupiter High School & William T. Dwyer High School - Palm Beach Gardens, FL  USA

Team 125 - Boston Latin & Brookline High & Revere High - Boston, MA  USA

Team 6404 - EE Alceu Maynard Araújo - São José dos Campos, Brazil

Woodie Flowers Finalist AwardTeam 2383 - American Heritage - Plantation, FL  USA
Wildcard **Team 1523 - Palm Beach Gardens High School & Jupiter High School & William T. Dwyer High School- Palm Beach Gardens, FL  USA
Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters LaboratoriesTeam 5243 - Centreville High - Centreville, VA  USA
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General MotorsTeam 4481- Team Rembrandts - Eindhoven, NB  Netherlands
Highest Rookie SeedTeam 6388 - Eyüboğlu Eğitim Kurumları - Istanbul, Turkey
Judges' AwardTeam 4592 - Mcarthur High School - Hollywood, FL  USA
Rookie All Star Award **Team 6404 - EE Alceu Maynard Araújo - São José dos Campos, Brazil
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National InstrumentsTeam 6743 - Dunbar High School - Fort Myers, FL  USA
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and ByersTeam 2383 - American Heritage - Plantation, FL  USA
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA FoundationTeam 6001 - Colombian Innovation Program - Medellin, Colombia
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by DelphiTeam 2641 - Central Catholic High School - Pittsburgh, PA  USA
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & JohnsonTeam 3410 - Terra Environmental Research Institute - Miami, FL  USA
Creativity Award sponsored by XeroxTeam 125 - Boston Latin & Brookline High & Revere High - Boston, MA  USA
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions FoundationTeam 1251 - 4-H Youth Development Organization - Deerfield Beach, FL  USA
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell AutomationTeam 5872 - Western High School - Davie, FL  USA
Imagery Award in honor of Jack KamenTeam 179 - Suncoast Community High School & Inlet Grove Community High School - Riviera Beach, FL  USA
Volunteer of the YearDeAnn Davila


*The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

**Denotes awards where teams qualify to participate in the FIRST Championship to be held in Houston, Texas.

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