Congratulations to all the teams who participated! Remember what Dean Kamen said “You are all winners”!
Hazelwood Central, University City and Camdenton, Missouri
Robotics Teams Capture St. Louis FIRST Robotics Regional Title
An alliance of high school robotics teams from Hazelwood Central High School (Robohawks), University City High School (Robo-Lions) and Camdenton High School 4-H (LASER) won the St. Louis FIRST Robotics Regional Championship competition held this weekend in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University. They will be competing in the championships in St. Louis next month.
More than 500 high school students representing nearly 50 high schools from across the St. Louis metro region and four states had the chance to meet Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway® human transporter and the insulin pump used by diabetics among many other inventions, at the tenth annual St. Louis Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Kamen is the founder of the FIRST competition, which is in its twentieth season and has grown to have teams in 48 states and 61 countries. The international championships will be held in St. Louis next month and is expected to draw more than 22,000 visitors to the area for the competition April 27-30 at the America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome.
In second place was an alliance including the Gateway Institute of Technology and St. Louis Public Schools (Perpetual Chaos), Wentzville Holt and Timberland High Schools (Ratchet Rockers) and the Metal Storm team from the Saint Louis Science Center YES Teens Program and University of Missouri Extension.
The prestigious Chairman’s Award was presented to the Channel Cats team from St. Charles County. The team’s mentor, Ralph Lambert, was named the St. Louis Regional Woodie Flowers Award Finalist. The award recognizes mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills.
“FIRST is the ultimate varsity sport for the twenty-first century,” said Kamen. “Every kid is a winner in FIRST. It’s the only sport in the world where very kid can turn pro,” Kamen explained. “In most sports, winning is everything—with FIRST, you learn a skill set that you’ll use your whole life,” he added.
The teams of high school students worked with professional mentors to design and build a robot in just six short weeks. More than 2,000 teams participate in the FIRST Robotics competitions across the U.S. This season, participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for over 14 million dollars in scholarships from leading universities, colleges and companies. Scholarship announcements will be made at the FIRST Championship in April.
More than 60 corporations, individuals, media partners, colleges and universities and non-profit organizations sponsored the St. Louis Regional. This is the tenth year for the local competition, and this weekend’s regional winners advance to the finals in St. Louis, April 27-30 at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center along with teams from across America and several foreign countries. More than 22,000 visitors are expected to attend the events. St. Louis will host the FIRST championships next year continuing through the 2013 competition.
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Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by Parents magazine and one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine, – the only museum in Missouri to be named to either list – the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAXÒ Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Its mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org
NEWS CONTACT: Susie Mathieu – 314.401.1800
Lisa Bedian – 314.265.8555
2011 F.I.R.S.T. Regional Awards
(NOTE: St. Louis area schools are in BOLD)
Outstanding Volunteers Boeing Corporation
Regional Chairman’s Award Channel Cats – St. Charles, Missouri
Regional Winners Hazelwood Central Robohawks, University City
Robo-Lions and Camdenton H.S. 4-H LASER
Regional Finalist Gateway Institute of Technology, St. Louis Public Schools Perpetual Chaos, Wentzville Holt and Timberland High Schools Ratchet Rockers and Saint Louis Science Center YES Teen and U. of Missouri Extension MetalStorm
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Luther Banner – Robohawks-Hazelwood Central
Jessie Ehlers – Metool Brigade-O’Fallon Township H.S., O’Fallon, IL
Woodie Flowers Award Ralph Lambert, River City Robots Channel Cats,
St. Charles, MO
General Motors Industrial Design Award Lightning Lancers, St. Louis, MO
Motorola Quality Award 4H LASER, Camdenton, Missouri
Johnson and Johnson Gracious Shrapnel Sergeants, Hazelwood, MO
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Chrysler Team Spirit Award FIRST Bots of Independence, Independence, MO
Judges Award Rockwood Robotics Rock-Bots, St. Louis
Rookie All Star Army Ants, Columbia, Missouri
Highest Rookie Seed Army Ants, Columbia, Missouri
Underwriters Lab Industrial Safety 4H LASER, Camdenton, Missouri
Engineering Inspiration Award Perpetual Chaos, St. Louis Public Schools
Autodesk Excellence in Design Award Parkway South H.S., St. Louis, MO
Imagery Award Raven Robotics, Francis Howell School District
St. Charles, MO
Rockwell Automation Innovation Geeks with Calculators, South Tech H.S.
In Control Award St. Louis, MO
Xerox Creativity Award Ratchet Rockers, Holt and Timberland High Schools,
Delphi Engineering Excellence Award Robohawks, Hazelwood Central H.S., St. Louis
Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers Metool Brigade O’Fallon Township H.S,
Entrepreneurship O’Fallon, IL
Rookie Inspiration Turkeys, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, TN
Website Award Robohobos, Parkway North H.S., St. Louis
Inspire Award Shrapnel Sergeants, Hazelwood West H.S., St. Louis
Coopertition™ Parkway South H.S. Patriots, St Louis