Betty Fairfax Robotics has Outstanding FIRST Performance

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/17/2013

The Betty Fairfax Robotics team had an outstanding performance in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition, April 5-6 at the Las Vegas Regional.  The Stampede rolled through qualifying rounds ranked 1st or 2nd out of 47 teams, and finished 7-1 in matches on Friday.  By the end of qualifying Saturday, Fairfax was 9-2, and ranked 4th overall.  Unfortunately, in the quarterfinals, their robot’s motor that shoots the Frisbees burned out during a match, and their three-team alliance was eliminated.  The event featured teams from the southwest U.S. as well as seven international teams from as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.  Twenty students are on the team, which is coached by Engineering Instructional Leader Michael Gard

“Stampede Robotics has made a name for itself over the last couple years and the students have developed this into a very successful and recognized program,” Gard said.


Last year at this event, after struggling in the early rounds, Fairfax won four straight qualifying matches, was selected by the top-seeded team in an alliance, and went on to win the competition. 


Team members are Andy Ortiz, Elizabeth Miller, Garret Dubois, Jonathan Romo, Kathleen Sem, Katlin Buchanan, Kolton Ainslio, Lukas Huerta, Marcus Frazier, Roberto Alvarez, Samantha Flethcer, Sergio Lucero, Trent Skirvin, Rigoberto Armenta, Aaron Myers, Elijah Ellis, Jeremy White, Leonardo Enciso, Riley Everson and Desmond Boone.