JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 The JH RoboBroncs were impressive in West Valley City where they won the 2020 FIRST Utah Regional Chairman\u2019s Award, the highest and most coveted award in FIRST. That qualifies the team once again to Houston Championships. Team 3374 finished the tournament with an 8-5-0 record, competing on the 2nd Ranked Alliance and finishing out in the quarterfinals. The squad of 28 students and more than a dozen coaches and mentors from Jackson Hole High School\u2019s robotics team competed. \u201cThe JH RoboBroncs had their most successful tournament ever, and that is really saying something for a\u00a0team that has gone to the FIRST Championships the previous two years, and five out of the last 10. We rolled into Utah with our best robot, cat-dog, we have ever built and it showed,\u201d said Gary Duquette, head coach and director of the RoboBroncs. \u201cWe showed up with an all-around bot that gave us a chance to compete with the big teams for the first time, and we really did come close. We ended the tournament in 5th place out of 54 teams. We were selected by the No. 2 team to play in the finals. It was some bad luck and some computer issues that took us out. Still, the best showing ever on the robot side during a regional.\u201d The RoboBroncs FRC Team #3374 was one of 54 high school teams from as far away as the Netherlands who competed last weekend in the Maverik Center\u2019s main arena in West Valley, Utah. How the competition works The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition helps promote and foster science and technology learning among the nation\u2019s high school students, creating a new generation of engineers, programmers and scientists. Each year, the competition takes on a different theme, and the nature of the game changes. This year\u2019s game is called \u201cInfinite Recharge,\u201d a Star Wars-themed contest in which the teams design and build robots that must collect and store power cells (in the form of small yellow balls) in order to energize a shield generator. At the start, the robots must autonomously score the points, and in the second half, students manually operate the droids. The team with the highest score wins the match. Teams that win the Utah regional competition, as well as select award winners such as Chairman\u2019s, will move on to the FIRST national championship held April 15-18 in Houston and April 29-May 2 in Detroit. Team 3374 competes next week in the Colorado Regional in Denver. Quality\u00a0mentors, skilled team Firing off yellow Power Cells into the upper port of the Power Station, this year\u2019s robot had a pneumatic powered laser-targeting turret that could shoot 5 cells in rapid automatic fire. \u201cIt was truly a thing of beauty to see us performing at the top levels of our sport,\u201d commented Drive Team coach Josh Byrnes. \u201c3374 had 10 qualification bouts to make it into the final alliance selection. We were 5th to select, but were then honored to be chosen by the No. 2 Team to join their Finals Alliance, which we graciously accepted.\u201d \u201cWe joined with FIRST Team 1339 Angelbotics from Denver and used our combined manpower\u00a0to complete the best scouting info we have ever had at a competition,\u201d Byrnes added, \u201cThe students used a custom-built app to upload data into a spreadsheet to help with our selection process. Rowan, Stella, Marcus, and Matt worked to focus the scouting. Kai, Caden, Murie, Luke, Aaron, Henry, Max, Jet, Avery, Brielle, William, Jonathan, Hadlee, Avery, and Ben worked to gather as much data as possible to help the team during alliance selection, as well as helping with the robot when necessary. The students worked hard and gave the team the edge that we needed.\u00a0\u201c The pit crew: Brian (climber), Jake (build), Kyle (programming) and Cade (wiring) worked feverously to get the robot ready between matches. \u201cThis is a very stressful time in the competition,\u201d Duquette said. \u201cThanks to Wes Womack, John Turner, Mitch Springer, Shannon Overly, and Chad Davis for supporting the kids before the matches at the tournament. Also, a big thank you to the mentors that couldn't make the trip, but worked with the students at home: Harry Shipp, Dan Caudill, Joy Lamb, Eric Balsa, Drew Gillingwater, Charlie Hagen, and Beth Carlson.\u201d America Martinez and Brian Baker, working with Joy Lamb and Mindy during the season and Steph Salerno at the competition, presented to the judges and explained the work that the RoboBroncs do within Jackson Hole, as well as the Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Reservation. \u201cDespite the arrival of some monster teams from Colorado, California, and the Netherlands, they were able to express our team's laser focus on FIRST ideals and values.\u00a0Julian Web created the Chairman's Video\u00a0and worked at the event to get video of the experience,\u201d Duquette said. \u201cWe get the big picture. We are the little team that could," Duquette said.