Kell High School Robotics Earns Top Award at 2018 FIRST World Championship

The Kell Robotics team recently earned the 2018 Chairman’s Award at the 2018 FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas. This is the highest honor and most prestigious award presented at the FIRST robotics competition.

The award honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and also best embodies the purpose and goals of the robotics organization. The award recognized Kell’s efforts in advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, as well as workforce and economic development issues in Georgia and the United States. On Kell’s road to the championship, the team earned their tenth regional and district Chairman’s Award at the state competition, which is a tie for the world record.

Kell Robotics was also inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame, as a result of the team’s impact on their local community and the world.

“We are very honored to receive this recognition, and we are very proud to represent over 500,000 students around the world a role models. We hope our work will serve as an example and lead others to support the cause of advancing education around the world,” said Ed Barker, mentor and director of Kell Robotics.

More than 515,000 students from 61,000 teams in 86 countries participate in the FIRST family of programs that range from kindergarten through high school.

The Kell Robotics team is an extracurricular activity of students from high schools in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The team’s mission is to create a culture where studying, participating, and achieving accomplishments in STEM activities are celebrated. The team focuses on environmental sustainability, women in engineering, and the exhibition of the human imagination in applying science and engineering to solve the problems facing mankind. To learn more about the Kell Robotics team, visit

Also, read how Kell Robotics educated students at Cobb’s Future Fest 2018 about new career paths.