First Robotics Competition to Score and Reward Cooperation

Press Release From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WHAT: Sixty-six high school teams, including one from Colombia and two from Chile, will face off in the 24th season of the Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. This year’s theme is “Recycle Rush.”

The 2015 challenge is played between two alliances of three teams. Each team has its own robot. Points are scored when robots stack totes on scoring platforms, and cap the stacks with recycling containers. Robots also score by disposing of pool noodles, which represent litter. All game pieces are reusable or recyclable.

Prior to the competition, students had six weeks to work with a kit containing motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and automation components. In this time frame, they programmed and tested a robot weighing up to 120 pounds, built from these elements. Teams also raise funds and learn about teamwork.

Professionals from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, as well as higher-education institutes, aerospace companies and others, help teams solve problems and tackle real-world engineering obstacles. JPL is sponsoring seven robotics teams from Southern California at this competition. 

The participants are among more than 350,000 students from around the world vying to compete in the FIRST Championship to be held April 22-25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

WHO: More than 1,500 students from California, Hawaii, Colombia and Chile, with their professional mentors. See list on next two pages.

WHEN: Friday, March 13:

8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.      Opening ceremonies, qualification matches                                                                                                                                       

Saturday, March 14:

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    Opening ceremonies, qualification matches

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.                 Final rounds                      

 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.                Awards ceremony


WHERE: Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California, 90802     

Phone: 562-436-3636. Competition admission is free. Parking fees apply.                                                             

More information and a short video about FIRST are at . 

More information on NASA's Robotics Alliance Project is at .

JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.


Los Angeles FIRST Robotics Competition 2015 List of Participating High Schools and Community Teams

* denotes teams sponsored by JPL

1. Mark Keppel High, Alhambra, California

2. Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY), Altadena, California*

3. Anaheim High School, Anaheim, California

4. Servite High School, Anaheim, California

5. Fairmont Preparatory Academy, Anaheim, California

6. Arcadia High School, Arcadia, California*

7. Arroyo Grande High School, Arroyo Grande, California

8. Atascadero High School, Atascadero, California

9. Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, California

10.  California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Carson, California

11.  Valley Christian School System, Cerritos, California

12.  Culver City High School, Culver City, California

13.  Oxford Academy, Cypress, California

14.  Escondido Charter High School, Escondido, California

15.  Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, California

16.  Dos Pueblos Senior High School, Goleta, California

17.  Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, California

18.  Hawthorne High School, Hawthorne, California

19.  Da Vinci Science, Hawthorne, California

20.  Hope Chapel Academy, Hermosa Beach, California*

21.  Marina High School, Huntington Beach, California

22.  Ocean View High School, Huntington Beach, California

23.  St. Mary's Academy, Inglewood, California

24.  Crescenta Valley High School, La Crescenta, California

25.  Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School, La Crescenta, California*

26.  St. Joseph High School, Lakewood, California

27.  James A. Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles

28.  King Drew Medical Magnet High School of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles

29.  Winward School, Los Angeles

30.  West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles

31.  Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, Los Angeles

32.  Benjamin Franklin Senior High School, Los Angeles

33.  Los Angeles Senior High School, Los Angeles

34.  Alexander Hamilton Senior High School, Los Angeles

35.  Abraham Lincoln Senior High School, Los Angeles

36.  Manual Arts Senior High School, Los Angeles

37.  Newbury Park High School, Newbury, California

38.  James Monroe High School, North Hills, California

39.  North Hollywood Senior High School, North Hollywood, California

40.  El Modena High School, Villa Park High School and Canyon High School, Orange, California

41.  Orcutt Academy Charter School, Orcutt, California

42.  Palos Verdes High School, Palos Verdes Estates, California

43.  Redondo Union High School and Mira Costa High School, Redondo Beach, California

44.  Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, California

45.  Don Bosco Technical Institute, Rosemead, California

46.  San Marino High School, San Marino, California*

47.  Rolling Hills Prep School, San Pedro, California

48.  Academy of the Canyons and West Ranch High School, Santa Clarita, California*

49.  Santa Maria Police Activities League, Santa Maria, California

50.  New Roads School, California

51.  The Buckley School, Sherman Oaks, California

52.  Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City, California

53.  Bridges Academy, Studio City, California

54.  FRC Team 980 ThunderBots, Sylmar, California*

55.  South High School, Torrance, California

56.  West High School, Torrance, California

57.  High Tech LA, Van Nuys, California

58.  West Covina High School, West Covina, California

59.  Chaminade College Preparatory High School, West Hills, California

60.  Banning Academies of Creative and Innovative Sciences, Wilmington, California

61.  Maui High School, Kahului, Hawaii

62.  Lahainaluna High School, Lahaina, Hawaii

63.  Henry Perrine Baldwin High School, Wailuku, Hawaii         

International teams: 

64. Municipalidad de Recoleta and Liceo Valentin Letelier, Recoleta, Chile
65. Corporacion Corazon Technologico y Cientifico de Chile, Santiago, Chile
66. Municipio de Sopo and Technological Training School and Robotics club, Sopo, Colombia

    Elizabeth Landau / D.C. Agle, 818-354-6425 / 818-393-9011

     Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California  /

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