Local Hi Fives Robotics team qualifies for international championship

Grand Junction, CO –  The Hi Fives robotics team won the coveted and prestigious Chairman’s Award and placed tenth among 48 teams at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Utah Regional Competition March 9-11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The team will also compete in Denver for the Colorado Regional Competition March 22-24, 2017.


The Chairman’s Award assures the team a place at the FIRST World Championship April 19-22 in Houston. The team, which includes students from all five major high schools in the Grand Valley, is actively seeking sponsorship from the community to be able to fund this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that carries an estimated cost of $20,000.  Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring can find more information at the website: thehifives.co or contact the Hi Fives directly at thehifives@gmail.com.


The Chairman’s Award is bestowed at each FIRST regional meet to the team that has made the most significant measurable impact on its community over the life of the team, not just during a single robot build season.   The Hi Fives have worked to spread excitement about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students of all ages by hosting technical workshops and camps around the Western Slope.


This year, more than 5,000 teams comprised of approximately 78,000 students from around the world are competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition, titled “STEAMWORKS.”    The Hi Fives built a robot dubbed “Hive”, which can maneuver a course, transport cargo, and climb a rope to receive maximum points in a strategy-intensive field game. “The team had just 6 weeks to design, machine, and build our robot. Because of generous Valley sponsors, we were able to create one of our most beautiful and competitive robots yet!” –Andrea Chamorro, Senior at Palisade High School, Robotics Team Member.


About FRC

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience as they work to build, and compete a fully-functional robot in a matter of 6 weeks. FRC World Championships are the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together tens of thousands of students and 1,394 teams at two locations this year, Houston, TX, and St. Louis, MO. For more information, please see: https://www.firstchampionship.org/.


About the Hi Fives

Encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in high schoolers in the Grand Valley has been the goal of Hi Fives Robotics (a FIRST Robotics Competition team) since its foundation in 2013. Members are interested in all of the different areas that FIRST encompasses: mechanical engineering, programming, design, and entrepreneurship and has been actively involved in community outreach each year since its foundation, hosting technical workshops and camps, and encouraging the spirit of science and engineering in Grand Valley youth.