|[April 27, 2014]
12,000+ Students Bring Their Custom-Built Robots and Team Spirit to the Ultimate Sport for the Mind™ Showdown at 2014 FIRST® Championship
MANCHESTER, N.H. --(Business Wire)--
This week, more than 12,000 students from around the globe traveled to
St. Louis, Mo., to put their engineering skills to the test at the
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome.
The science of celebration! Teams of high-school students from Calif., Mich., and Texas rejoice after winning the coveted title of FIRST® Robotics Competition Alliance Winners at the 2014 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. (Photo: Business Wire)
The three-day event came down to a heart-pounding conclusion Saturday
night in front of a roaring crowd of 20,000 when four teams from San
Jose, Calif., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Dallas, Texas; and Holland,
Mich., won the coveted FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC®) Championship Winning
Alliance. In this year's game, AERIAL
ASSISTSM, FRC teams took to the field, where
competing Alliances scored points by throwing balls over a truss,
catching balls, and putting as many balls in goals as possible. The more
Alliances worked together to score, the more points their Alliance
received. This year, 68,175 students on 2,727 FRC teams in 17 countries
participated in 98 Regional and District competitions.
In all, more than 12,000 students, ages 6 to 18, participated in the
"This country celebrates sports and entertainment, but wealth is not
created by these ventures; it is the result," said FIRST Founder,
Dean Kamen. "It's a passion for science, technology, and innovation
that have allowed these industries to prosper. Take what you have
learned here and solve the world's problems."
"There's nowhere else I'd rather be, but here in St. Louis with you;
the future," STEM education advocate, will.i.am, said to a crowd of
20,000 people. "If you want a peek at the future, you come here to the FIRST
Championship. And when I say future, I mean future leaders, future
inventors, and future problem solvers."
"I've been impressed and inspired by you all," said Amy Kule, Group
Vice President, Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group. "Continue to
think bigger, think smarter, and save the world."
Several other U.S. and international FIRST student robotics teams
earned honors for design excellence, competitive play, research,
business plans, website design, teamwork, and partnerships. A
not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST
inspires young people's interest and participation in science and
More than 600 teams from 38 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST:
LEGO® League (FLL®,
grades 4 to 8, 9 to 14-year-olds in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; 9 to
16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico); FIRST®
Tech Challenge (FTC (News - Alert)®, grades 7 to 12, 12 to
18-year-olds); and FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC®, grades 9 to 12,
ages 14 to 18). In addition to the high-energy robotics matches, 40
teams of 6 to 9-year-olds participated in the Junior
League (Jr.FLL®, grades K-3), World Festival
In addition to the FRC winning Alliance and awards, the Dr.
Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarships were given to:
Brian Cheng, FIRST Tech Challenge Teams 406, 407, and 408 and FIRST
Robotics Competition Team 118 from Parkway South High School in
Patrick Demkowicz, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 178 from
Farmington Senior High School in Farmington, Conn.
Jane Tong, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 75 from Hillsborough
High School in Hillsborough, N.J.
Vishnu Rachakonda, FIRST LEGO League Alumnus and FIRST Robotics
Competition Team 53 from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt,
The FIRST Championship honored significant supporters of the FIRST
Qualcomm was the recipient of the Founder's Award, presented
each year by FIRST founder Dean Kamen to one organization or
individual for exceptional service in advancing the ideals and mission
of FIRST. Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, Executive Chairman, accepted the
Lane Matheson, Director, Tulsa Engineering Academy at Memorial High
School; Mentor, Team 932, Circuit Chargers, Tulsa, Okla. was the
recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award, founded by Dr. William
P. Murphy Jr. to recognize an outstanding engineer or teacher who best
demonstrates teaching excellence in teaching science, math and
Amy Kule, Group Vice President, Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group
was the recipient of the Make It Loud Award, given to the
person who has contributed the most in increasing the awareness of FIRST
to the general public.
Lynn Tilton, Founder and CEO, Patriarch Partners LLC was the recipient
of the new Trailblazer Award, given to the person who initiates
and supports new, innovative ways to engage and retain girls of every
age in FIRST programs to prepare them for future math, science
and engineering careers.
Michelle Yang, Alexander Lu, and Valerie Huynh, FRC Team 5212,
TAMSformers, Denton, Texas were the recipients of the FIRST Future
Innovator Award sponsored by the Abbott Fund for their solar still
2014 FIRST Championship Winners
The event included three different robotics challenges; the 2014 winners
of the competitions are as follows:
1. FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®)
Championship - FRC 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 perform tasks against
The Winning Alliance of the FIRST Robotics Competition
Championship was Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, San Jose, Calif.; Team
469, Las Guerrillas, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Team 2848, The All
Sparks, Dallas, Texas; Team 74, Team C.H.A.O.S., Holland, Mich. from
the Curie Division.
Team 27, Team RUSH, Clarkston, Mich. won the Chairman's Award,
the highest honor given at the FRC Championship, recognizing the team
that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best
embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.
Winners of the Dean's List Award included:
Kinney Anderson, Team 2486, CocoNuts, Flagstaff, Ariz.;
Callie Carbajal, Team 1671, Buchanan Bird Brains, Clovis, Calif.;
Bryce Croucher, Team 2471, Team Mean Machine, Camas, Wash.;
Michael Foley, Team 1923, The MidKnight Inventors, Plainsboro,
Alec Kumpf, Team 1311, Kell Robotics, Marietta, Ga.;
Alexander Lew, Team 1912, Team Combustion, Slidell, La.;
Madeleine Logeais, Team 2177, The Robettes, Mendota Heights, Minn;
Simran Parwani, Team 3504, Girls of Steel, Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Camron Razdar, Team 27, Team RUSH, Clarkston, Mich.;
Anthony Stuart, Team 4201, Vitruvian Bots, Hawthorne, Calif.
Other FRC Awards included:
Engineering Inspiration Award -
Archimedes Division: Team 2158, ausTIN CANs, Austin, Texas
Curie Division: Team 2468, Team Appreciate, Austin, Texas
Galileo Division: Team 384, Sparky 384, Richmond, Va.
Newton Division: Team 1710, The Ravonics Revoluion,
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards -
Cynthia Stong, Chief Judge Advisor; Program Manager (retired), The
Boeing (News - Alert) Company
Allen Bancroft, Chief Judge Advisor; Operations Manager,
Championship Finalists - Team 1678, Citrus Circuits, Davis,
Calif.; Team 1114, Simbotics, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.; Team
1640, Sab-BOT-age, Downingtown, Pa.; Team 5136, Mechapirates, Santa
Division Winners - Archimedes Division: Team
2590, Nemesis, Robbinsville, N.J.; Team 1625, Winnovation, Winnebago,
Ill.; Team 1477, Texas Torque, The Woodlands, Texas; Team 3467, The
Windham Windup, Windham, N.H. Curie Division: Team 254,
The Cheesy Poofs, San Jose, Calif.; Team 469, Las Guerrillas,
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Team 2848, The All Sparks, Dallas, Texas;
Team 74, Team C.H.A.O.S., Holland, Mich. Galileo Division:
Team 67, The HOT Team, Milford, Mich.; Team 973, Greybots, Atascadero,
Calif.; Team 2481, Roboteers, Tremont, Ill.; Team 2363, Triple Helix,
Newport News, Va. Newton Division: Team 1678, Citrus
Circuits, Davis, Calif.; Team 1114, Simbotics, St. Catharines,
Ontario, Canada.; Team 1640, Sab-BOT-age, Downingtown, Pa.; Team 5136,
Mechapirates, Santa Ynez, Calif.
Division Finalists - Archimedes Division: Team
27, Team RUSH, Clarkston, Mich.; Team 33, Killer Bees, Auburn Hills,
Mich.; Team 334, TechKnights, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Team 175, Buzz Robotics,
Enfield, Conn.; Curie Division: Team 1718, The Fighting
Pi, Armada, Mich.; Team 2451, PWNAGE, Saint Charles, Ill.; Team 573,
Mech Warriors, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Team 2016, Mighty Monkey
Wrenches, Ewing, N.J. Galileo Division: Team 1153,
Robo-Rebels, Walpole, Mass.; Team 4488, ShockWave, Hillsboro, Ore.;
Team 1318, Issaquah Robotics Society, Issaquah, Wash.; Team 1218,
Vulcan Robotics, Philadelphia, Pa.; Newton Division:
Team 971, Spartan Robotics, Mountain View, Calif.; Team 1983, Skunk
Works Robotics, Tukwila, Wash.; Team 341, Miss Daisy, Ambler, Pa.;
Team 3147, Munster HorsePower, Munster, Ind.
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox -
Archimedes Division: Team 900, Zebracorns, Durham, N.C.
Curie Division: Team 2451, PWNAGE, Saint Charles, Ill.
Galileo Division: Team 2481, Roboteers, Tremont, Ill.
Newton Division: Team 25, Raider Robotix, North Brunswick,
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi (News - Alert) -
Archimedes Division: Team 4265, Secret City Wildbots, Oak
Curie Division: Team 3476, Code Orange, Dana Point, Calif.
Galileo Division: Team 836, The RoboBees, Leonardtown, Md.
Newton Division: Team 868, TechHOUNDS, Carmel, Ind.
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield
& Byers -
Archimedes Division: Team 2590, Nemesis, Robbinsville, N.J.
Curie Division: Team 1714, MORE Robotics, Milwaukee, Wis.
Galileo Division: Team 3008, Falcons, Honolulu, Hawaii
Newton Division: Team 1305, Ice Cubed, North Bay, Ontario,
FIRST 3D Printing Award sponsored by America Makes
and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) - Team 3824, HVA
RoHAWKtics, Knoxville, Tenn.
Professionalism® Award sponsored
by Johnson & Johnson -
Archimedes Division: Team 4077, M*A*S*H, Edmonds, Wash.
Curie Division: Team 2073, EagleForce, Elk Grove, Calif.
Galileo Division: Team 2642, Pitt Pirates, Winterville, N.C.
Newton Division: Team 1678, Citrus Circuits, Davis, Calif.
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen -
Archimedes Division: Team 4013, Clockwork Mania, Orlando,
Curie Division: Team 2169, KING TeC, Prior Lake/Savage,
Galileo Division: Team 5012, Gryffingear, Palmdale, Calif.
Newton Division: Team 4481, The Rembrandts, Eindhoven,
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors -
Archimedes Division: Team 399, Eagle Robotics, Lancaster,
Curie Division: Team 1323, MadTown Robotics, Madera, Calif.
Galileo Division: Team 1717, D'Penguineers, Goleta, Calif.
Newton Division: Team 1986, Team Titanium, Lee's Summit, Mo.
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by UL -
Archimedes Division: Team 2341, Sprockets, Shawnee, Okla.
Curie Division: Team 624, CRyptonite, Katy, Texas
Galileo Division: Team 337, Hard Working Hard Hats, Logan,
Newton Division: Team 1710, The Ravonics Revolution,
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation -
Archimedes Division: Team 1540, Flaming Chickens, Portland,
Curie Division: Team 254, The Cheesy Poofs, San Jose, Calif.
Galileo Division: Team 1885, ILITE Robotics, Haymarket, Va.
Newton Division: Team 2614, MARS, Morgantown, W.Va.
Media & Technology Innovation Award sponsored by
Comcast (News - Alert)/NBCUniversal - Team 1538, The Holy Cows, San Diego, Calif
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola -
Archimedes Division: Team 2202, BEAST Robotics, Brookfield,
Curie Division: Team 3990, Tech for Kids, Montréal, Québec,
Galileo Division: Team 1730, Team Driven, Lee's Summit, Mo.
Newton Division: Team 1114, Simbotics, St. Catharines,
Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler -
Archimedes Division: Team 1519, Mechanical Mayhem, Milford,
Curie Division: Team 3478, LamBot, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Galileo Division: Team 1023, Bedford Express, Temperance,
Newton Division: Team 340, G.R.R. (Greater Rochester
Robotics), Churchville, N.Y.
Highest Rookie Seed -
Archimedes Division: Team 4911, CyberKnights, Seattle, Wash.
Curie Division: Team 5172, Gators, Greenbush Middle River,
Galileo Division: Team 4967, That ONE Team - Our Next
Engineers, Belmont, Mich.
Newton Division: Team 5136, Mechapirates, Santa Ynez, Calif.
Rookie All-star Award -
Archimedes Division: Team 5006, Apophis, Prairie Grove, Ark.
Curie Division: Team 5179, Les Sénateurs, Drummondville,
Galileo Division: Team 4917, Sir Lancer Bots, Elmira,
Newton Division: Team 5291, emperius, Eilat, Israel
Rookie Inspiration Award -
Archimedes Division: Team 4946, ALPHA DOGS, Bolton,
Curie Division: Team 5093, Tech - Sets, Culiacan, Mexico
Galileo Division: Team 4967, That ONE Team - Our Next
Engineers, Belmont, Mich.
Newton Division: Team 5190, Green Hope Falcons, Cary, N.C.
Judges' Awards -
Archimedes Division: Team 3211, The Y Team, Yeruham, Israel
Curie Division: Team 5297, BOLTZAP, Guangzhou, China
Galileo Division: Team 973, Greybots, Atascadero, Calif.
Newton Division: Team 2081, Icarus, Peoria, Ill.
2. FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®)
World Championship - FTC students learn to think like engineers.
Teams build robots from a reusable kit of parts, develop strategies,
document their progress, and compete head to head. The object of this
year's game, named FTC®
BLOCK PARTY!SM, is to score more points than an opponent
by placing plastic blocks into pendulum goals. Teams will be challenged
to raise their team alliance flag up a flagpole, raise their robots off
the ground using a platform pull-up bar, and end the match with a
balanced pendulum to earn extra points.
Approximately 32,000 students on 3,230+ FIRST Tech Challenge
teams competed during the 2013/2014 FTC season. The 2013/14 FIRST
Tech Challenge Sponsors include Official Program Sponsor for the FIRST
Tech Challenge, Rockwell Collins, and FTC CAD and Collaboration
The FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship Inspire Award,
recognizing excellence in robot design and teamwork, went to Team 3141,
Bears, Mexico City, Mexico. The Winning Alliance was Team 7013,
Hot Wired, Portland, Ore.; Team 5257, Eagles Robotics XPerience, Delray
Beach, Fla.; Team 4240, 4-H Techno Clovers, Accident, Md. from the
The FTC Volunteer of the Year Award winner was Susie Mathieu of
St. Louis, Mo. The Compass Award for excellence in
coaching/mentoring was awarded to Robert Spath.
Other FTC awards included:
Finalist Alliance - Team 4251, Cougar Robotics Team, Columbus,
Ohio; Team 724, RedNek Robotics Wun, Sun River, Mont.; Team 4318,
Green Machine, Ellicott City, Md. from the Edison Division.
Division Winners - Edison Division: Team
4251, Cougar Robotics Team, Columbus, Ohio; Team 724, RedNek Robotics
Wun, Sun River, Mont.; Team 4318, Green Machine, Ellicott City, Md. Franklin
Division: Team 7013, Hot Wired, Portland, Ore.; Team 5257,
Eagles Robotics XPerience, Delray Beach, Fla.; Team 4240, 4-H Techno
Clovers, Accident, Md.
Division Finalists - Edison Division: Team 6433,
Neutrinos, Lakeland, Fla.; Team 6424, Oly Cow, Olympia, Wash.; Team
3708, Iron Eagles Optimus, Austin, Texas. Franklin Division:
Team 4997, Masquerade, Tampa, Fla.; Team 6299, ViperBots QuadX,
Austin, Texas ; Team 4211, The Bombers, St. Louis, Mo.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award - Team 3595, Schrödinger's Hat,
Motivate Award - Team 3954, Watts up!, Den Haag, Netherlands
Connect Award - Team 4140, Fish in the Boat, Lakeville, Minn.
Think Award - Team 5972, Patronum Bots, East Troy, Wis.
PTC Design Award - Team 3486, Techno Warriors Advanced,
Promote Award - Team 3595, Schrödinger's Hat, Fairbanks, Alaska
Control Award - Team 4092, Nanites, Portland, Ore.
Spreading Culture Through FIRST - Team 8357,
Desert Matrix, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Materials Science Ph.D. - Team 6055, GearTicks, Lincoln,
3. FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®)
World Festival - FLL introduces younger children to real-world
engineering challenges by conducting research projects and building
LEGO-based autonomous robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing
surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations, discover exciting
career possibilities and learn to make positive contributions to
society. This year's challenge, NATURE'S
FURYSM, engaged 228,000+
kids on nearly 23,000 teams to explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes,
waves, and other natural disasters.
Top honors went to Champion's Award 1st Place winner, Team 20650,
Invicta, Canterbury, United Kingdom; Champion's Award 2nd Place winner,
Team 21450, Fast and Curious, Aley, Lebanon; and Champion's Award 3rd
Place winner, Team 737, S.H.I.E.L.D., Brookfield, Wis.
Other FLL awards included:
Robot Performance Award - Team 21550, OMG, of Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Strategy & Innovation Award - Team 5515, Oh Boy…These
Pickles are Natural Disasters, Bar Harbor, Maine
Programming Award - Team 3551, M, San Mateo, Calif.
Mechanical Design Award - Team 20700, sAPG-Tigers, Mosbach,
Research Award - Team 10296, CyberHawks, River Vale, N.J.
Presentation Award - Team 21350, DYCI Blue Ocean 10, Bulacan,
Innovative Solution Award - Team 6371, Positive Aftermath,
Great Falls, Va.
Teamwork Award - Team 8157, The Golden Eaglz, Bear, Del.
Inspiration Award - Team 654, MO Peeps, Flint, Mich.
Gracious Professionalism® Award - Team
21900, Team DAS, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Outstanding Volunteer Awards - Mark Daniels of New Hampshire
and Stephen Scherr of Virginia
Young Adult Mentor Awards - Christopher Smith of Flint, Mich.,
and Akshay "Big" Rathish, of Folsom, Calif.
Adult Coach/Mentor Awards - Teofilo A. Gutierrez Gonzales of
Peru and Robert and Chris Allsbrooks of Bowie, Md.
Team 21650, LEGO King, Amman, Jordan
Team 240, The Dream Team, Greenville, S.C.
Team 21200, Wild Fire Ciberbots, Toluca, Mexico
Team 11616, Robobots, Cary, N.C.
4. Junior FIRST® LEGO®
League (Jr.FLL®) World Festival Expo
- Jr.FLL introduces children ages 6 to 9 to the exciting worlds of
science and technology. Teams of up to six children and one adult Coach
take on a real-world Challenge, to be explored through research,
critical thinking, and imagination.
In this year's Jr.FLL Challenge, DISASTER
BLASTERSM, teams took a hands-on approach to the topic of
natural disasters. Teams learn how science, technology, engineering, and
math impact our everyday lives while they get excited about future
2014 FIRST Championship Sponsors
Qualcomm is the 2014 FIRST Championship Presenting Sponsor.
2014 FIRST Championship Program Sponsors include: Monsanto
Company, Abbott Fund, Boeing Company, Coca-Cola Company, FedEx
Corporation, NASA, NRG Energy, Inc., United States Air Force, and United
Other 2014 FIRST Championship Sponsors include: America
Makes, Autodesk (News - Alert), Bechtel Corporation, Best Buy Co., Inc., Booz Allen
Hamilton, Inc., Central Intelligence Agency, Comcast/NBCUniversal,
Culinary Institute of America, GoDaddy, International Association of
Emergency Managers, International Council on Systems Engineering
(INCOSE), Leidos, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Mouser Electronics, Inc.,
Novelis, Inc., Nvidia Corporation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Patriarch Partners, LLC (I am Jane; Ken Paves), Siemens, Southwest
Airlines, SpaceX, UL, and Vulcan Spring.
Save the date! The FIRST
Championship will be in St. Louis, Mo. through 2017: April 22-25,
2015 | April 27-30, 2016 | April 26-29, 2017
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 over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
and more than $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit
organization hosts the FIRST®
Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for
students in Grades 9-12; FIRST®
Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades
LEGO® League (FLL®
) for Grades 4-8; and Junior
League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. 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.
FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the
United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of
The LEGO Group.
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