JACKSON, WY — The JH RoboBroncs spent spring break competing at two 2019 Regional First Robotics competitions, including the first-ever regional competition at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Over the weekend, the RoboBroncs were in West Valley City competing on the sixth-ranked alliance and finishing out in the quarterfinals with a record of 7-6-0.
The team was one of 50 high school teams from as far away as Mexico and China who competed last weekend in Utah.
“This year’s robot is Zoidberg. It is a fast hatchin’, cargo throwin’ bot,” said Gary Duquette, head coach & director of the JH RoboBroncs. “The robot competed well, but it ultimately was our community outreach and mentorship of other teams that carried the day.”
The Jackson Hole RoboBroncs won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Utah Regional which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. The RoboBroncs have over 300 students in TCSD #1 currently participating in a FIRST Robotics and has reached out to the Wind River Reservation to start a FIRST robotics program at Wyoming Indian High School. The Engineering Inspiration award qualifies the JH RoboBroncs for the FIRST Championships in Houston in two weeks.
America Martinez-Carillo was also named a Dean’s List Award Finalist. This award celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. America is the RoboBroncs business leader and is responsible for the business side of the team. She will be competing in Houston with the other finalists from around the world.
“Students achieve things that seemed unimaginable to them — whether it is designing and programming a climbing robot, a robot manipulator, or a computer vision algorithm for autonomous driving,” said University of Utah mechanical engineering Associate Professor Mark Minor, who is also the event chair. “Students learn to invent, communicate and become leaders. They thrive in college, start their own companies and become the next generation of innovators.”
The team will travel to Houston to compete in the International Championship — but they could use some help. The trip will cost around $10,000. Generous donors If you would like to support the Jackson Hole RoboBroncs for their trip to Houston, please donate through the Teton County Education Foundation, or contact Gary Duquette (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Jackson Hole High School.
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