Phoenix Coding Academy In Its First Year of Robotics Competition Winning the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Posted by Communications at 3/21/2018

Phoenix Coding Academy, in its first year of robotics competition, won the Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Los Angeles Regional, March 15-17.   

Python Robotics brought 15 Coding Academy freshmen and sophomores (and a foreign-exchange student from Central) to the LA Regionals in Pomona, CA.  Of the 54 teams that participated, the Python Robotics team ranked 15th in qualifying.   The Coding team was scouted by higher-seeded teams, and was asked to be in an alliance with one of the top eight teams.  That three-team alliance made it to the quarterfinals where they were ultimately eliminated. 

Coding Academy earned one of only five world championship bids available at the regional. 

“The fifth and final spot was awarded to the recipients of the Rookie All-Star Award.  This award was granted to the rookie team that best exemplified what the FIRST Robotics Competition stands for and has a working robot that met the goals of the competition,” Coach George Cardenas said. 

Now comes the hard part—raising over $10,000 to get to the World Championships in Houston, April 18-21.  If you are interested in making a tax credit donation before the tax deadline, contact Coach Cardenas at gcardenas@phoenixunion.org