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Posted on February 27, 2017

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UPDATE: March 18, 2017

Here are unofficial team results from the 2017 FIRST Robotics Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition. For official results and individual awards, visit the FIRST Robotics website:

Regional winners:

  • Team 2252, The Mavericks, Milan, Ohio
  • Team 359, Hawaiian Kids, Waialua, Hawaii
  • Team 3954, 4-H Electrotechs, Emlenton, Pa.

Regional finalists:

  • Team 4028, The Beak Squad, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Team 3492, P.A.R.T.S., Winfield, W.Va.
  • Team 4991, Horsepower, Bridgeville, Pa.

Greater Pittsburgh Regional Wildcard: Team 4991, Horsepower, Bridgeville, Pa.

Chairman’s Award: Team 3260, SHARP, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Creativity Award: Team 4547, WestyTek, Johnstown, Pa.

Engineering Inspiration Award: Team 3504, Girls of Steel, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Entrepreneurship Award: Team 359, Hawaiian Kids, Waialua, Hawaii

Excellence in Engineering Award: Team 2252, The Mavericks, Milan, Ohio

Gracious Professionalism Award: Team 144, The R.O.C.K., Cincinnati, Ohio

Highest Rookie Seed Award: Team 6706, GOLEM, Shenzhen, China

Imagery Award: Team 2051, Beattie Bulldogs, Allison Park, Pa.

Industrial Design Award: Team 4027, Centre County 4-H Robotics, State College, Pa.

Innovation in Control Award: Team 4028, The Beak Squad, Cincinnati, Ohio

Judges’ Award: Team 1708, AMP’D Robotics, McKeesport, Pa.

Quality Award: Team 4991, Horsepower, Bridgeville, Pa.

Rookie All-Star Award: Team 6414, Voyager, Shenzhen, China

Rookie Inspiration Award: Team 6706, GOLEM, Shenzhen, China

Safety Award: Team 359, Hawaiian Kids, Waialua, Hawaii

Team Spirit Award: Team 2053, TigerTronics, Endicott, N.Y.


Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition FIRST Robotics logo
March 16-18
Cal U Convocation Center 

Gear-driven “airships” from the age of steam set the tone for this year’s Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Nearly 1,000 students are expected to take part in this year’s game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.

Teams from eight states, including Hawaii, will drive their robots across the playing field March 16-18 in the Cal U Convocation Center. Two teams from China are among the 40 competitors registered.

See the list of registered teams

California University of Pennsylvania welcomes the public to this family-friendly event. Admission to the Convocation Center is free.

  • March 16: Noon-6:30 p.m., robot inspections and practice matches.
  • March 17: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., qualifying matches.
  • March 18: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., qualifying matches and alliances (a.m.), followed by elimination rounds and finals.

See the complete schedule

Parking is available on campus, and food can be purchased.

Directions and campus map

   About the competition

FIRST Robotics builds skills in science, technology, engineering and math, while encouraging innovation and teamwork.

Each year, FIRST Robotics teams face a new challenge designed to test their robots and entertain robotics fans. Each team begins with an identical “kit of parts,” then works with adult mentors to design, build, program and test their robots over a span of six weeks.

Students also create mascots and promotional materials to support the team and create excitement at the competition site. 

Cal U is hosting the FIRST Robotics Greater Pittsburgh Regional competition for the fourth consecutive year.

About the STEAMWORKS game

This year’s challenge takes its cue from the era of steam-powered technology. In STEAMWORKS, three-team alliances, called “adventure clubs,” work together to prepare their “airships” for a long-distance race.

Operating autonomously at first, and then under the control of student drivers, the robots:

  • Feed fuel (balls) into the airships’ boilers.
  • Deliver gears to the airship pilots.
  • Latch onto the airship in time for “takeoff.”

Teams receive awards not only for their on-field success, but also for the design, engineering, business savvy and presentation skills they demonstrate to the FIRST Robotics judges.

See the FIRST STEAMWORKS game animation