FPS Hackbots earn trip to world robotics competition

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Farmington Public Schools’ unified robotics team, the 3414 Hackbots, have earned a trip to the FIRST World Championships, held April 24 – 27 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Students will participate in the world’s largest celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for students. More than 70,00 people will attend FIRST Championships in Detroit or Houston, with 1,246 teams competing, from more than 62 different countries.

FPS Hackbots
The FPS unified robotics team is headed to world competition. (Farmington Public Schools)

The Hackbots team includes 9th-12th grade students from Farmington, North Farmington, Harrison, and Farmington Central High Schools. They finished 15th among 539 teams in state competition, the team’s best-ever finish in 10 years, and took home an award for entrepreneurship.

Team captain Emily Peterson said she is “extremely proud of what the team has accomplished.”

”The season started with a few basic goals to accomplish this year, and it has been so exciting to watch the team surpass every goal set. We are super excited about our upcoming competition. The Hackbots are still hard at work, making improvements, and preparing to blast off to the World Championship starting on April 24.”

Good Luck Hackbots

During the World event, teams have the opportunity to attend educational sessions and workshops on topics that include technical resources, education, diversity and inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, and career preparation.

The team is looking for support for their trip to Cobo Hall; to learn more, write to team3414hackbots@gmail.com. To follow their progress at the FIRST World Championships, visit https://www.firstchampionship.org/full-schedule.

You can also follow the Hackbots on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hackbots3414/