Utah’s 2016 Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition

It was a clash of the metallic titans as nearly 40 high school teams from Utah and elsewhere converged at the Maverik Center in West Valley City for the annual Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

This year’s event, held March 18 and 19, involved students building and controlling robots that catapulted balls into castle windows. High schools that participated in this regional event came from as far away as Florida, Hawaii and Alberta, Canada. Twenty-one of the teams were from Utah.

The winners of the regional competition now move on to the FIRST national championship in St. Louis. That event was held April 27-30, 2016.

“The FIRST Robotics competition has done as much as any other program to increase interest in engineering among high school students,” said Richard B. Brown, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Utah, who kicked off the event during the first day’s opening ceremony. “Competition is motivating, and these teams work very hard as they learn about not only robotics but also electronics, materials, wireless communication, computer programming, problem solving and teamwork.”

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Awards – Saturday, March 19

An asterisk denotes a team or contestant who qualified for the FIRST Chamionship 2016® in St. Louis, MO.

Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation Team 3241
Davinci Dragon Army from Ogden, Utah
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox Team 4585
Husky Robotics from Midvale, Utah
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Team 1477
Texas Torque from The Woodlands, Texas
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments Team 5974
Mechanical Dragons from Murray, Utah
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation Team 3374
RoboBroncs from Jackson, Wyoming
Gracious Professionalism® Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Team 3245
Ravens from Sandy, Utah
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors Team 3021
The Agency from Escondido, California
Judges’ Award Team 2478
Westwood Robotics from Mesa, Arizona
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation Team 3230
PrototypeX from Salt Lake City, Utah
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi Team 4334
Alberta Tech Alliance (ATA) from Calgary, Alberta
Highest Rookie Seed Award
Regional/District Finalist
Rookie All-Star Award Team 5933*
Judgement Call from Salt lake City, Utah
Engineering Inspiration Award Team 329*
Mohawks from Medford, New York
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Emily Ferrari
Team 329*
Mohawks from Medford, New York

Edward O’Connor
Team 329*
Mohawks from Medford, New York

Regional Chairman’s Award Chu hu nin
Team 2468*
Team Appreciate from Austin, Texas


Awards – Friday, March 18

Volunteer of the Year Award
Imagery Award
In Honor of Jack Kamen
Team 1622
Team Spyder from Poway, California
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award


Important Dates

March 17, 2015: FRC® Competition: Robot inspection and practice rounds
March 18, 2015: FRC® Competition: Competition day 1
March 19, 2015: FRC® Competition: Competition day 2, finals, and awards ceremony


The Competition: STRONGHOLD


FIRST STRONGHOLDSM is played by two alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete against each other to breach their opponents’ defenses, known as outer works, and capture their tower. They score points by crossing elements of their opponents’ outer works, scoring boulders in their opponents’ tower goals, and surrounding and scaling their opponents’ tower itself.



View all teams registered for Utah’s 2016 Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition


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2016 Sponsors

The following sponsors are making the 2016 Utah FIRST® Robotics Competition possible through their generous support:

Leader in Technology

Captain of Innovation

Friends of the Future