Four Richmond-area high school robotics teams will face top competitors from around the world at the FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm in Detroit from April 24-27.... RoboHawks earn invitation to Detroit robotics competition

Four Richmond-area high school robotics teams will face top competitors from around the world at the FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm in Detroit from April 24-27.

The teams won spots at the international tournament during the FIRST Chesapeake Championshp held April 10-13 at George Mason University’s EagleBank Arena.

The best high school robotics teams from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia faced off.     

Here are the local teams who qualified for the Detroit championship:
•Robotics Team 346 – RoboHawks – Lloyd C. Bird H.S., Chesterfield
•Robotics Team 384 – Sparky 384 – J.R. Tucker H.S., Henrico
•Robotics Team 1086 – Blue Cheese – Deep Run H.S., Glen Allen
•Robotics Team 2998 – VikingBots Thomas Jefferson H.S., Richmond

“These students really rose to the occasion and displayed tremendous energy, ingenuity and teamwork,” said Leighann Scott Boland, executive director of FIRST Chesapeake, the nonprofit that organized the district championship. “They’ve sharpened their technical know-how and learned important life skills during this exhilarating season, and we will be rooting for them in Detroit!”   

Working with volunteer mentors from their communities, the teams had just six weeks to design, build and test their industrial sized robots.  

To learn more, visit www.firstchesapeake.org.