Just in case you had not seen the big list of winners from the FIRST World Championship, here is the press release.
Congratulations to Callie Carbajal from FRC Team 1671, Buchanan Bird Brains in Clovis, CA on her Dean's List Award! FIRST Team 1671 presented in the PTC booth at World Championship this year and did a great job explaining their drive train design and custom gear boxes.
Congratulations to FTC Team 7013, Hot Wired from Portland, OR on their big win in FTC. Hope to see your Creo animation running as a video on the site soon
I know there are lots of other PTC sponsored teams noted below, but I don't know you all, yet. How about a shout-out on what you won?
Championship Presenting Sponsor Qualcomm Incorporated, will.i.am, Emma Dumont, Dean Kamen, Lynn Tilton, Ken Paves, and Montel Williams, cheered on young innovators from 38 countries as their robots took to the playing fields at the annual robotics championship in St. Louis, Mo.
MANCHESTER, N.H., April 26, 2014 ―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 annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship, held at the Edward Jones Dome.
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 Championship events.
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 technology.
More than 600 teams from 38 countries competed in the three levels of FIRST: 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®, 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 FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®, grades K-3), World Festival Expo.
In addition to the FRC winning Alliance and awards, the Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarships were given to:
The FIRST Championship honored significant supporters of the FIRST mission:
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 competitors.
Other FRC Awards included:
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 Sponsor, PTC.
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 Franklin Division.
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:
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:
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 innovations.
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 Technologies Corporation.
Other 2014 FIRST Championship Sponsors include: America Makes, Autodesk, 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 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® 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.
I can't tell you how happy I am to see Callie Carbajal get the Dean's List award! Given the fact that she was in Creo and Windchill training the summer BEFORE her freshman year, the CAD leader her sophomore year and COO of the Bird Brains her junior year...it's no surprise.
I'll add that her team 1671, the Buchanan Bird Brains, were finalists and Chairman's winner at CVR, Finalist and Entrepeneur award winner at Sacramento and Finalists in the Archimedes division.