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Posted on February 16, 2015

UPDATE, March 7:

Congratulations to all the FIRST Robotics teams that competed this weekend at California University of Pennsylvania!

Look for highlights from the FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Pittsburgh Regional in a 30-minute TV show scheduled to air at 7:30 p.m. March 28 on KDKA-TV. See KDKA-TV's story on the event

For downloadable photos from the event, visit

Here is an unofficial list of some award winners at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional. For official results, visit the Pittsburgh FIRST website.


Winning alliance: Garrett Coalition (McHenry, Md.), The R.O.C.K. (Cincinnati, Ohio) and the Hard Working Hard Hats (Logan, W.Va.)

Regional Finalists Award: RobotCats (Girard, Ohio), Delphi E.L.I.T.E (Warren, Ohio) and AMP’D Robotics (McKeesport,Pa.)


  • Regional Chairman’s Award: MARS (Morgantown, W.Va.)
  • Quality Award: Ranger Robotics (Spencerport, N.Y.)
  • Gracious Professionalism: Delphi E.L.I.T.E. (Warren, Ohio)
  • Industrial Design: Horsepower (Bridgeville, Pa.)
  • Judges Award: Metrobots (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Industrial Safety:  Delphi E.L.I.T.E. (Warren, Ohio)
  • Innovation & Control: Bad Robots (Dublin, Ohio)
  • Excellence in Engineering: Hard Working Hard Hats (Logan, W.Va.)
  • Rookie All-Star: Stellar Robotics (Mansfield, Ohio)
  • Engineering Inspiration: Fighting Unicorns (Shaker Heights, Ohio)

The Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition returns to the Convocation Center March 5-7. 

More than 1,200 students on 54 teams put their custom-built robots to the test in an exciting, sports-style competition that builds life skills and expertise in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The public may attend. Admission to the Convocation Center is free.

  • March 5: Robot inspections and practice
  • March 6: Qualifying matches
  • March 7: Eliminations and finals

See the complete agenda.

The 2015 FIRST Robotics challenge

This year’s national challenge is RECYCLE RUSHSM.

Two alliances of three robots each will compete on a 52-by-27-foot playing field. Robots score points by stacking totes on platforms, topping the stacks with recycling containers, and disposing of plastic “pool noodles” that represent litter.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s challenge, local teams or the FIRST organization will reuse or recycle all game pieces at the end of the season.

A First Robotics Student works on her robot.

See the game animation

The competitors

Participants in the Greater Pittsburgh Regional come from schools and community organizations in:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland,
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Virginia,
  • West Virginia
  • Ontario, Canada.

See participating teams

Each team received an identical “kit of parts” to use in building its robot. Working with adult mentors — typically engineers or previous FIRST competitors — the students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots before the regional tournament.

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

KDKA-TV will film the competition and related activities for a 30-minute show scheduled to air March 28.

Upcoming STEM Events

These competitions also are scheduled at the Cal U Convocation Center, where the robots come out to play.


At check-in:

  • Each participating team will receive one (1) parking pass for the River Lot (Lot 4), section 4A.
  • Each volunteer will receive one (1) parking pass for the River Lot (Lot 4), section 4A.

Additional team members and spectators should park in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

Campus map and directions

More information

Event details: Michael Amrhein, director, Office of Integration and Outreach for T.E.A.M.S. (Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Science)

Convocation Center: Becky McMillen, executive director, University Conference Services