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

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




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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

Professionalism Award


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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,

Wentzville, MO


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


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