21 Apr Four CCSD schools compete in national robotics event

CCSD schools made an impressive showing at the Las Vegas Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, held recently at Cashman Center, in which 47 teams from all over the world took part. Southwest Career & Technical Academy (the Vegas Vortechs robotics Team 6519) won both the Highest Rookie Seed award and the Rookie All Star Award; the latter of which qualifies SWCTA for the World Championship in Houston April 19-22. The Gracious Professionalism Award went to Cimarron-Memorial High School (High Roller robotics Team 987); they were also on the winning alliance at the Utah Regional, which qualified them for the World Championship.

Sierra Vista High School (FRC Team 5429) also will be competing at the World Championship. Additionally, SVHS student Robert Leggio won the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Las Vegas event. To learn more about the awards, click here.

Cimarron-Memorial’s High Roller robotics Team 987 won the Chairman’s Award at the 2016 World Championship. This is the most prestigious award at FIRST, honoring the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

In addition, Jo Mackey Elementary School (FLL Team 3031 – LEGO Leaders) will also be competing at the World Championship robotics competition in Houston as the Champion’s Award Winner for the FIRST LEGO League Championship in Southern NV. To learn more about the FLL awards, click here.

According to KSNV, such events can be life-changing for many students. Clark High School senior Bryan Cabanas told KSNV, “Robotics actually helped me get into college. Without this program I would be lost.” For more information on FIRST Nevada and their K-12 STEAM robotics programs, visit www.firstnevada.org.