The Neobots did an amazing job at the FIRST World Competition in Houston, TX. With our sponsors' help we sent 15 students and mentors to the competition to represent Arlington and FIRST Washington. At the competition, the Neobots were placed in the Hopper subdivision with more than 60 teams from over 5 different countries.
"It was really cool. Even when you were walking around, you heard different languages being spoken" -Amy Smith, mentor.
"Even countries that have had rocky pasts put aside their countries' differences to compete as gracious professionals" -Steve Smith, mentor.
The Neobots competed in the Hopper subdivision and came in 15th overall in the qualifying matches. When alliance selection came, we were grateful that the 3rd place alliance chose us as their alternate. We competed in the tournament and eventually reigned supreme. We won our subdivision and, therefore, moved on to the Einstein division to compete with the winners of the other subdivisions. The kids also got to talk to colleges on scholarship row and got to see the innovation fair going on at the same time. We did really well, placing 4th overall in the Einstein division and in the whole world! We are grateful to all of our sponsors for helping us get to Houston and for everyone who has supported the Neobots in any way. We will never forget this amazing opprotunity we were given.