In their debut appearance at the regional FIRSTRobotics competition, Hillcrest High students and their creation, the robot HARV-E, captured the All-Star Rookie Award. As a result, the team and its adviser, teacher Clief Castleton, qualified for the world championship later this month in St. Louis, Mo.
CSD was represented at the event by Hillcrest and Alta high schools, both first-time entrants. The contest at the Maverik Center, attended by 44 schools from 10 states, required students to design and build remote-controlled robots that also can climb walls or throw discs into goals. FIRSTRobotics is a nonprofit organization focused on engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
The Hillcrest team is raising funds to attend the world championship. On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Arby’s on 129 W. 9000 South in Sandy will donate to the team 15 percent of the proceeds earned from 5-8 p.m. Additional information about Hillcrest Robotics, including how to make a donation for the students to go to the international competition, is on the school’s Web site.