On Jan. 3, Valley X competed in the Tucson Qualifying Tournament and won a finalist award for being part of the top seeded alliance and finishing in second place and the PTC Design Award for showing respect and gracious professionalism toward other teams and an outstanding robot design.

The team will travel to Flagstaff on Jan. 18 to compete in the Regional Competition (against teams from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and the country of Mexico) with hopes of advancing to the Western Super Regional Competition in northern California in March where they will compete against teams from 12 states.

Teams involved in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Program use math, science and technology skills to build robots which must be able to perform specific tasks that are part of a yearly challenge. FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information on FIRST Tech Challenge: www.usfirst.org.

The Valley X Robotics Team is committed to excellence. Over the past five years the team has won numerous regional and national awards and competitions. Last year, the team was featured prominently at the Arizona Science and Technology Festival and made multiple appearances on local television stations.

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