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Both robotics teams, Valley X 2844 and Valley +3 12841, competed in the Glendale FIRST Robotics Qualifying match on Saturday, December 2.

2844 was awarded with two awards, 1st place and Rockwell Collins Innovate award. They received this award due to their highly functional but semi-complex design of their glyph (Block) pickup and maneuverability of the robot. With these traits, the robot outperformed most robots on the field. With the 1st place win, 2844 earned a spot at the State Competition in February.

12841 earned one award, the Think Award, which focused on their very detailed Engineering notebook. The notebook shows every step of the robot and how it was designed, built, and programmed. It also details a great business plan with the team’s motto, fundraising, and outreach over the past few months.

Throughout the competition both teams exhibited the gracious professionalism expected of teams that are part of the FIRST Tech Challenge in how they conducted themselves and in their assistance to other teams. Several teams came to our team throughout the day to borrow tools that they didn’t have, or to get replacement parts that they needed for their robots.

Both teams were excellent representatives of Jesus Christ and of Valley Christian High School.

We are hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying match on January 20 in the Bradley Gym. Admission is free.