2017 9th Annual Elementary Robotics Championships

  • The 9th Annual Elementary Robotics Tournament was held in the gymnasium of the Ron Grace Memorial Sports Complex on the campus of Roosevelt Middle School on Friday, March 3, 2017. The event was hosted by Roosevelt Robotics and staffed almost entirely by volunteers from Roosevelt Middle School, Clark Magnet High, Crescenta Valley High, Glendale High and Glendale Community College. Hundreds of volunteer- hours were given to ensure 163 students from 12 elementary schools had an enjoyable learning experience.

    Competition focused on the STEAM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Teams created a STEM Presentation using a slide-show format explaining how computers and robotics can be used together to help improve human actions. Submissions were due a week prior to the tournament. The STEM Presentations were judged by a panel of students from Clark Magnet and Glendale High.

    On the day of the tournament, teams engaged in a Robot Design component where engineering, design and programming solutions were discussed with a panel of judges. In the Robot Performance component, teams operated their robots on the Deep Space Terraformers competition field to complete 11 different robotic tasks.

    Instructions and judging rubrics for the STEM Presentation and Robot Design components were designed to engage the teams in technology based research, problem solving, visual arts, and written communication skills. Math and science standards were interwoven into the process of creating the STEM Presentation, preparing for Robot Design judging and preparing for the Robot Performance competition.

    The event was produced entirely by volunteers from our educational community. Students representing Roosevelt ASB, Ms Pamela Zamanis advisor, Crescenta Valley HS FRC Team 589, Dr. Greg Neat, advisor, Clark Magnet HS FRC Team 696, Mr. David Black advisor, Clark Magnet HS Lexus Eco Challenge teams, Ms Dominque Evans-Bye advisor, Glendale Community College AIMS mentor Cristian Mendoza volunteered as set-up crew, referees, and judges. Many of the volunteers are Roosevelt Robotics alumni and participated in the event as 6th graders. Genesis Aguilar, Christina Gonzalves, Damian Kim, Bighani Lometillo, Norik Margaryan, David Minassian, AJ Ramos, Jean Simitian, Anthony Trujillo, and Enrique Vazquez, Jr. We were also joined by former Roosevelt MESA students Dimitrio Robello and Akshay Kumar.

    Volunteers from the Glendale Unified School District included Dr. Kelly Altobelli, GATE Office, Ms Kim Naka, La Crescenta Elementary, Mr. Frank Gonzalez, Muir Elementary, Ms Anet Sepanian, Lincoln and La Crescenta Elementary. From JPL in Pasadena, California we would like to thank our Master of Ceremonies, Mrs. Lyn Repath-Martos and our guest speaker, Molly Shelton from JPL’s Power System Engineering Group.

    All funding for the event is from private donations through Roosevelt Robotics. Special thanks to Dick’s Sporting Goods and DonorsChoose for our new referee shirts. Special thanks to the Curtis & Anne Charitable Foundation and the Microsoft Employee Giving Program for our trophies and medals. Also contributing to our efforts is the Glendale Education Foundation. Last year, GEF raised $100,000 for District robotics programs. Many of our participating schools were using robots and computers purchased with GEF funds.

    A very special thanks to the JPL Office of Education, Mr. David Seidel and Dr. Ota Lutz and the NASA Explorer School program for providing the Deep Space Terraformers Camp-on-a-Disk software and for inspiring us to create and sustain Roosevelt Robotics for the past 10 years.

    Champions Award
    1st Place - Dunsmore
    2nd  Place - Muir
    3rd  Place - Edison

    STEM Presentation
    1st Place Tie-Balboa, Edison
    2nd Place Tie-Cerritos, Lincoln
    3rd Place Tie-Dunsmore, Monte Vista, Muir

    Robot Performance
    1st   Place - Dunsmore
    2nd  Place Tie-Muir, Verdugo Woodlands
    3rd   Place - Fremont

    Robot Design
    1st   Place Tie-Keppel, Columbus
    2nd  Place Tie-Dunsmore, Fremont, Muir
    3rd  Place Tie-Cerritos, Edison, Monte Vista, Verdugo Woodlands


  • Participating Schools



    Cerritos hugs





    Monte Vista
    Verdugo Woodlands

  • volunteers

    Referees Norik, Damian, and Nanoor


    FIRST Robotics Team 589 from CV High Demonstrate their robot.

    Team 589  
    Fremont kids

    Guest Speaker, Molly Shelton of the JPL Power Systems Engineering Group

    Molly Shelton