Thursday, February 24, 2022

Arizona Championship Results & Scholarship Opportunity

Congratulations to all our Arizona Championship teams, and every Arizona team that competed in the Freight Frenzy season! We're so proud of everything you've accomplished. A huge THANK YOU to all our coaches, mentors, volunteers, and tournament hosts who made this season possible. 

We can't wait to see you all for Kickoff next season. Stay tuned for details and updates as we get closer. 

Arizona Championship Results

Special thank you to FRC Team 2486 The CocoNuts for running an amazing event!

The pictures we took during the event can be found HERE.

  • Inspire Award:14436, Roaring Robotics
  • Dean's List Finalists: 
    • Braden, 14854 Pioneer 327
    • Grace, 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
    • Brandon, 11980, Team Viper
  • Event Winning Alliance (from the Saguaro Division):
    • 12767, Catholic Master Builders
    • 18420, Metal Masters
  • Event Finalist Alliance (from the Grand Canyon Division):
    • 14835, Tie-Dye Samurai
    • 14584, Pioneer 327
  • Grand Canyon Finalist Alliance: 
    •  2844, Valley X Robotics
    • 15135, Venom
  • Saguaro Division Finalist Alliance:
    • 13968, Herberger Howlers
    • 6174, Automatons
  • Think Award: 6174, Automatons
  • Connect Award: 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon: 2844, Valley X Robotics
  • Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 14584, Pioneer 327
  • Motivate Award: 13910, Voltage
  • Design Award: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
  • Promote Award: 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Compass Award: Demian Quiroz, 15135 Venom
  • Judges' Choice Award: 18421, Unscheduled Disassembly

Preparing FIRST® LEGO® League teams for FIRST Tech Challenge
If you know FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge teams in your area with students graduating from the program, you know they can continue the adventure, further develop their STEM skills, and strengthen teamwork and collaboration while practicing the next level of coding and robot building through FIRST Tech Challenge. Share this form with FIRST LEGO League Challenge coaches and parents who would like to receive more information from FIRST® on preparing for FIRST Tech Challenge and continuing the FIRST fun!

FIRST Scholarship Opportunity: The Knowledge Society
Unique OpportunityThe Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month program for kids ages 13-17 who are looking to make a real impact with emerging technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems, like climate change, world hunger, poverty, and more.
What does TKS do?TKS provides high school students with the tools, the environment, and the community to enable success. Sessions take place on the weekends from September to June. Here’s what to expect:
  • Learn about 20+ emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering, Space Tech, and Quantum Computing, and build a portfolio of real projects in the area of your choice.
  • Accelerate your personal growth with training on the mindsets, mental models, and habits of world leaders and CEOs.
  • Work with global organizations to solve real challenges using advanced problem-solving frameworks. This year, students are participating in consulting challenges with Shell, Walmart, Ikea, XPRIZE, and the UN.
  • Join a global community of similarly curious and ambitious people who will support and encourage your growth as your future best friends and collaborators.
  • Receive mentorship from industry experts with experience at companies including Google, Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, BenchSci, and more.
  • Exceptional TKS Innovators can earn access to unique opportunities, including the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship, the Masason Scholars program, internships, and speaking opportunities.
Application Process
TKS is now accepting applications to the Global program. We do not look at grades, and there is no prerequisite to applying. There are very limited spaces available.
For early consideration, please submit an application by March 31st, 2022. Applicants who move to the next stage will be invited to a group interview with the Global Program Director.
Financial AidAfter being accepted into the program, students will then apply for Financial Aid, if needed. TKS provides:
  • Merit-based Scholarships
  • Needs-based Scholarships
  • Full-ride scholarships for exceptional students.
Our corporate partners help ensure the program remains accessible for students from all backgrounds. Students from FIRST are also eligible for a $500 scholarship. If you are accepted into the program, please use the code 2223FIRST when you enroll.
Where do I apply?Learn more about our community, the curriculum, and program benefits on our website here. There is limited cohort availability and financial assistance so we recommend applying early!

Last chance to apply to Girls Who Code’s life-changing summer programs before the March 18th final deadline!

Both programs are 100% free with options to join between June 17 - August 12, and empower high school students who identify as girls or non-binary to make a difference in the world with technology. Plus, both offer incredible college and career benefits that support you for life! Learn more by visiting the FAQ page or by joining a webinar.

·   The 2-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP) welcomes current 9th-11th graders to join live virtual classrooms. You’ll make lifelong friendships as you learn web design together – creating real-world projects in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You’ll even get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at industry-leading companies like EAPfizer, and ViacomCBSPlus, all SIP students can access need-based grants up to $500 for completing the program!

·   The Self-Paced Program is an alternative option that gives current 9th-12th graders the flexibility to earn beginner-level badges in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript or an intermediate-level badge in Python for cybersecurity through independent study.

📣 📣  Don’t miss your chance! Head to today and submit the quick 15-minute app before the final deadline on March 18th!

Friday, February 18, 2022

Good Luck Arizona Championship Teams!

GOOD LUCK to all the Teams competing at the Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Championship this weekend!! 

Check out the action on the live stream below. 

Thank you to the CocoNuts for running the live stream and for hosting the Championship! 


Monday, February 7, 2022

Qualifiers are Done...AZ Championship is Next!

Congratulations to all the teams that qualified for the Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Championship! 

If you're team is done competing for the season, consider volunteering for the Championship! You can register to volunteer through your FIRST Dashboard or by following the instructions here. The Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Championship is February 18 and 19, 2022 at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff. 

Compass & Promote Awards

New this season! ANY Arizona team can submit for the Compass and Promote Awards, even if you are not competing at the Arizona Championship! 
  • Compass: Create a 1-minute video honoring your coach or mentor
  • Promote: Create a 1-minute PSA video answering the prompt, "If there was one thing I would tell my younger self about FIRST, it would be..."
  • Check out the video requirements HERE.
  • Deadline for submitting videos has been extended to SUNDAY, Feb. 13 at 5 PM. Submissions can be uploaded HERE.

Important Manual Updates

There have been some important manual updates. Please be sure to download the most recent versions of the following manuals. All updates are noted in the revision history of each document.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed in qualifiers this season! It was amazing to see the growth in the game play in just this first event. We can't wait to see how your teams and robots grow throughout the season. Congrats also to the teams that advanced to the Arizona Championship! You can see the Championship roster by clicking the link to the right and the complete event results (including match scores and rankings) on the official FIRST Tech Challenge event results page (link to the right). 

Copper Results

Special thank you to Team 10523 Dragons for hosting! 

  • Inspire Award: 14584, Pioneer 327
  • Winning Alliance: 14584, Pioneer 327 & 14835, Tie-Dye Samurai & 12241, Panther Robotics
  • Finalist Alliance:  11980, Team Viper & 15125, Venom & 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Think Award: 17460, Technical Terrors
  • Connect Award: 19509, Minimum Wagers
  • Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon: 13309, botCatz
  • Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 14835, Tie-Dye Samurai
  • Motivate Award: 12241, Panther Robotics
  • Design Award: 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Judges' Choice Award: 15058, RoboJags

Turquoise Results

Special thank you to VCS Robotics for hosting! 

  • Inspire Award: 14254, Trivium Knight Lights
  • Winning Alliance: 12767, Catholic Master Builders & 5661, Wolves Robotics
  • Finalist Alliance:  16647, Trivium Undefined & 17640, Technical Terrors
  • Think Award: 12767, Catholic Master Builders
  • Connect Award: 19728, Carbo-Knights
  • Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon: 3666, Hawks Robotics
  • Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 14436, Roaring Robotics
  • Motivate Award: 18625, Trivium Knightmares
  • Design Award: 5661, Wolves Robotics
  • Judges' Choice Award: 15135, Venom

Petrified Wood Results

Special thank you to Team 201 BroncoBotics for hosting! 

  • Inspire Award: 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Winning Alliance: 13968, Herberger Howlers & 18291, Mech Warriors & 10984, Beep Patrol
  • Finalist Alliance:  18420, Metal Masters & 18421, Unscheduled Disassembly & 11794, Sunrise Koolbotics
  • Think Award: 20679, Tech Cat Robotics
  • Connect Award: 13910, Voltage
  • Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon: 18420, Metal Masters
  • Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 13968, Herberger Howlers
  • Motivate Award: 10111, Herberger Javelinas
  • Design Award: 10523, Dragons
  • Judges' Choice Award: 14632, CAVIAT

Desert Vista Results

Special thank you to Team 14624 Cat-astrophic Byte for hosting! 

  • Inspire Award: 6174, Automatons
  • Winning Alliance: 7156, Wolves Robotics & 11980, Team Viper & 18420, Metal Masters
  • Finalist Alliance:  6174, Automatons & 19728, Carbo-Knights & 18421, Unscheduled Dissassembly
  • Think Award: 14584, Pioneer 327
  • Connect Award: 18625, Trivium Knightmares
  • Innovate Award sponsored by Raytheon: 7156, Wolves Robotics 
  • Control Award sponsored by Arm, Inc: 10523, Dragons
  • Motivate Award: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
  • Design Award: 19728, Carbo-Knights
  • Judges' Choice Award: 8499, Robo Hawks