Switch News: Five FIRST Nevada Robotics Teams Representing Nevada Head to the World Championship in Houston

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Winners of the state level FIRST® robotics competitions advance to compete with students from across the world

LAS VEGAS – FIRST Nevada Robotics announced today that five FIRST Nevada robotics teams have won the state level competition and are headed to the World Championship robotic competition in Houston, TX. The World Championships will be held from April 18 through 21.

Nevada will be represented by teams from the FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Robotics Competition in the World Championship.

The winning Nevada teams are:

  • Team 12712, Golden Dragons, from Carson Montessori in Northern NV will be competing at the FIRST LEGO League Jr level (K-4).
  • Team 3031, The Lego Leaders, from Jo Mackey Magnet School in Southern NV will be competing at the FIRST LEGO League level (Grades 4-8).
  • Team 987, The HIGHROLLERS, from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Southern NV will be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition level (Grades 9-12).
  • Team 6824, Robot Pigeons, from Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, in Southern NV will be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition level (Grades 9-12).
  • Team 6957, A.C.E.S., from Lake Mead Christian Academy in Southern NV will be competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition level (Grades 9-12).

The winning FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams competed successfully for the right to go to the Worlds, at the 2018 Las Vegas Regional FIRST® competition that was held in Las Vegas on March 22-24th. Governor Brian Sandoval attended the regional competition and was joined by FIRST Nevada lead sponsor Switch’s founder and CEO Rob Roy, Switch CIO Missy Young and a host of Switch executives, who all demonstrated hands-on support for Nevada’s teams.

“As the lead sponsor of FIRST Nevada, Switch is so proud to support these fine young individuals and the teams who will represent our state at the World Championship,” said Switch CIO Missy Young. “The creativity, invention, engineering and team collaboration learned through FIRST, represents STEAM education and reflects the core values Switch believes will build the technology workforce of the future.”

“We celebrate every student who finds inspiration as an outlet for their incredible technical and creative talents through FIRST, “said FIRST Nevada Regional Director Angela Quick. “The fact that our state’s titans of technology, like Switch, find similar inspiration in FIRST is critical for the future of our students and our world.”

The FIRST Championship will be held across two cities: April 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, and April 25-28 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. The events, which will bring in more than 60,000 spectators and students, and have an estimated economic impact of $30 million to each of the 2018 host cities.

About FIRST Nevada

FIRST Nevada is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting FIRST® Robotics programs and STEAM education initiatives in Nevada.  With support from corporate and foundation donors, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 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® visit www.firstnevada.org or www.firstinspires.org.

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