The Beach Bots, one of the winners of the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, are sponsored by NASA's JPL A team from Palmdale Aerospace Academy,  won the regional competition Sixty-six teams competed at the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on March 11 and 12. Nanor Asadourian, left, and Anna Parsamyan, right

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest that immerses high school students in the exciting world of engineering. Teaming up with engineers from businesses, universities and research institutions, the students get a hands-on, inside look at engineering. In January, student teams across the country receive the same game challenge and have six weeks to design, construct and test their robot. The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with time clocks, referees and cheerleaders. The events measure the effectiveness of each robot and test the students’ ability to collaborate.

In March 2018, two JPL-sponsored teams took top honors at the FIRST ("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology") Los Angeles Regional event in Pomona. The event drew more than 1,600 student competitors. Team 330, the Beach Bots, and Team 980, the ThunderBots, advanced to the world championship in April. Read full story here.

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