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CocoNuts Robotics Team Back In Action for FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament

The Coconino High School “CocoNuts” FIRST Robotics Team is back to in-person action after two seasons of remote competition due to the pandemic.

In September, the CocoNuts sponsored and ran the “Ultimate Reunion Tour” for Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge. This was a small tournament to allow teams to play the 2020 Ultimate Goal game in person and on alliances. The CocoNuts also ran a robotics event for the Flagstaff Festival of Science. Kids of all ages made a robot out of LEGOs and raced them with the help of the ‘Nuts.

In October, the CocoNuts finally got to compete with their 2020 robot “Sweeper” at an event at ASU. Designed to throw dodgeball-sized balls into a goal 8’ off the ground, and then pick itself up, Sweeper received an award in 2021 for its autonomous vision tracking system. In one match with Westwood Robotics and Plasma Robotics as their alliance partners, the CocoNuts put up the high score of the day at over 170 points.

In November, the CocoNuts hosted an outdoor STEM Fair “Tambien Lo Puedo Hacer” at Coconino High School. This event was organized by senior Oscar as part of his International Baccalaureate course of study.

Starting in November, the CocoNuts have been running FIRST events around the state. They hosted the Flagstaff FIRST LEGO League Qualifier at Coconino High School for 16 teams from around Northern Arizona, the first in-person event in Flagstaff since February 2020. The “Cargo Connect” game focuses on transportation of materials and cargo in different ways. The following teams earned awards at the event:

Award Team Name Organization Hometown
Volunteer Award CocoNuts Coconino High School Flagstaff
Coach/Mentor Award Sheryl Wells The LEGO Side, Killip Elementary Flagstaff
Core Values Award RoboPups Bonnie Brennan Elementary Winslow
Innovation Project Award BrainStormers Bonnie Brennan Elementary Winslow
Rising All-Star Award Montessorians Montessori Switzer Mesa Flagstaff
Motivate Award Gear Guards Montessori Switzer Mesa Flagstaff
Robot Performance Award BrainStormers Bonnie Brennan Elementary Winslow
Champion’s Award Creative Conduits Home school Flagstaff
Teams Advancing to the Arizona Championship at ASU (January)
Atomic Circuits Home school Flagstaff
Llamabots Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy Flagstaff
Montessorians Montessori Switzer Mesa Flagstaff
Brainstormers Bonnie Brennan Elementary Winslow
Creative Conduits Home school Flagstaff

The CocoNuts begin their 2022 season on January 8, when the new game will be revealed at a worldwide Kickoff broadcast. They plan to compete in three regional events in March and April in Flagstaff, Denver, and Salt Lake City.

The CocoNuts are grateful to everyone who makes what they do possible. They would like to thank parents, mentors, event volunteers, our Coconino High School and Flagstaff Unified School District teachers and administration, our sponsors, and the Flagstaff Community for their continued support of FIRST and STEM education.

View more photos from the FIRST LEGO Robotics Competition here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmXewb22


About the CocoNuts: The CocoNuts Robotics Team from Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona, is the first robotics team of its kind in Northern Arizona. Since its founding in 2007, the CocoNuts have been the recipients of such prestigious awards as the Inspire Award, Engineering Inspiration Award and ten-time winners of the Regional Chairman’s Award. The CocoNuts spend countless hours working in their community to spread the excitement of FIRST Robotics, mentor many of the younger FIRST teams in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas, run professional development programs for new robotics coaches, and host the Northern Arizona FIRST Lego League and Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Programs. Visit www.team2486.org for more information and to get involved. GO NUTS!

About FIRST®: Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for high-school students, FIRST® Tech Challenge for 7th -12th graders, FIRST® LEGO® League for 9 to 14-yearolds, and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior for 3 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.