The Kell High School Robotics Team earns a major award at the FIRST® Palmetto Robotics Competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.
The team earned the FIRST Regional Chairman’s Award for their work in promoting and encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. The Chairman’s Award represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It remains FIRST’s most prestigious award.
This is the Kell team’s sixth FIRST Regional Chairman’s Award. The team competed against teams from Canada, Brasil, and nine states in the United States. The team now advances to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis Missouri. They will compete for the Championship Chairman’s Award. The team that earns this award in St. Louis will enter the FIRST Hall of Fame.