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CHS CocoNuts compete in national robotics competition

The Coconino High School “CocoNuts” FIRST Robotics Team competed April 17-20, 2019 at their 12th consecutive FIRST Robotics World Championship in Houston, TX. The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success for advancing respect for engineering within a team’s community. Inspiring others to respect science and engineering requires passion, knowledge and commitment. Here’s what the judges had to say about the CocoNuts when they were awarded Engineering Inspiration: “Houston, we have a problem! This team has the solution with over 40,000 hours connecting to other teams, developing training programs, spreading enthusiasm and building a Legacy. Their influence lights up the universe far and wide. Mars Rover…Mars Rover…send…CocoNuts right over!” 


At the World Championships, the CocoNuts competed in the Carver division. There are six Championship divisions with 67-68 teams each, for a total of over 400 teams competing from all over the world. The CocoNuts had a record of 5 wins and 5 losses in their division, placing them in the top half of the competing teams. 


The CocoNuts were recognized for their efforts in spreading STEM opportunities in Northern Arizona and beyond with the Championship Judges Award. Here’s what the judges said about the CocoNuts: “Like many teams, this one is dedicated to expanding STEM awareness and education at an early age. They have chosen to maximize the impact of their effort by focusing on teachers, developing and delivering professional development training using FIRST Lego League as the model. This strategy creates a significant multiplier over time. In a nutshell, this team has cracked the STEM education nut.” 


The CocoNuts now turn their efforts to the upcoming Lunar Legacy celebration in honor of Flagstaff’s contributions to the Apollo Moon Landings and the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The CocoNuts will be creating a working lunar rover replica to be unveiled at the Flagstaff July 4th Parade and hosting a Lunar Legacy Robotics Invitational in collaboration with Northern Arizona University and Lowell Observatory on July 19 and 20, 2019…exactly 50 years after the 1st landing on the Moon! To register a team, or to volunteer, please see the Invitational website 


The CocoNuts will also be running their “FIRST Lego League in a Nutshell” training for any teachers or parents interested in starting a FIRST Lego League Team at their school. Training will take place in July, and dates will be announced soon.