Betty Fairfax Robotics Heads to International First Robotics Championships

Posted by Community Relations Department at 4/19/2012 12:00:00 PM

The Betty H. Fairfax High School Robotics team was a member of the winning alliance in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Las Vegas Regional competition, April 5-7  in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has qualified for the International FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, April 25-28.  

It is the first time a Phoenix Union team has won a regional outside of Arizona, and only the second PUHSD school to win a regional (Carl Hayden has won AZ Regionals in 2011 and 2012.)  The Las Vegas Regional included 42 teams from Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and Mexico.

The Stampede Robotics team caught the eye of Las Vegas’ Cimarron-Memorial High School and the Waterford School in Sandy, UT.  These two teams along with the Fairfax squad, playing a robotics version of basketball called “Rebound Rumble,” joined forces to become the number one-seeded alliance.  The alliance was undefeated at 6-0 in the elimination rounds to win the competition, including setting the competition-high score of 98 points twice during the elimination rounds. 

In addition, the Stampede Robotics team brought home the Coopertition™ Award which celebrates the team that best demonstrates the greatest level of Coopertition™ during the event, based on their performance on the field.  

The Fairfax Stampede Robotics team members are: seniors Robert Alvarez and Tyler Barfield; juniors Kathleen Sem and Andy Ortiz; sophomores Jonathan Romo; Sergio Lucero; Juan Garcia; Samantha Fletcher; Ricardo Jimenez; Marcus Frazier; Leonardo Enciso; Roberto Alvarez; David Haddad; and freshman Garrett Dubois.

The next challenge is getting to St. Louis, and raising the necessary funds in the next three weeks for entry fees, travel and lodging.  Anyone interested in contributing to the Fairfax Robotics team can contact coach and engineering teacher Michael Gard at (602) 764-9000 Ext. 69050 or mgard@phxhs.k12.az.us.

The Stampede Robotics team is sponsored by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, JC Penney; Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC, and the Laveen Community Council.    

Betty Fairfax and Carl Hayden will represent PUHSD in the International Championships later this month at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.