Two Clark County School District (CCSD) high school robotics teams will compete in the FIRST Championship, a worldwide competition to be held April 18-21 in Houston, TX. The Cimarron-Memorial High School Team 987, known as the High Rollers, earned that privilege by scoring first place in the 2018 Las Vegas Regional, held on March 23 and 24. The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) team, known as the LVA Robot Pigeons, came in second place at the regional competition, also earning a spot in the World Championship. Cimarron-Memorial and LVA were among 44 high school robotics teams in the event, including 14 Nevada teams. The other teams were from Arizona, Utah, California and Germany.
Also at the Las Vegas event, Eldorado High School’s Team 7077, known as Sun Devils Fire, won the Judge’s Awards. Josie Destefano from Team 6519 at Southwest CTA won FIRST Deans List award.
According to its website, “The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills.” Robotics is a big part of that mission. Well over 100 CCSD schools are involved in FIRST robotics program. There is a mix of after-school programs and actual robotics classes.