Richmond High robotics finishes 6th out of 60 teams in San Jose


The Richmond High robotics team, named “The Biomechs,” finished 6th out of 60 teams at the recent Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at San Jose State University’s Event Center, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

The team went 7-4 at the two-day competition, competing against Bay Area teams sponsored by NASA, Google, and Cisco. The Richmond High Robotics program receives corporate sponsorship from Chevron, which has been working to enhance opportunities for youth education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and careers.

The program is well worth it: the Richmond High students designed, built, programmed and operated their own robot.

It was the second competition for The Biomechs, which competed in the FIRST Competition in San Francisco from March 17-19. In that competition, the team earned the Gracious Professionalism award for demonstrating high quality work and respect for others.

“The FIRST Competitions were created to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills,” according to a school district statement.

The robotics team was subsequently honored by the WCCUSD Board of Education for their achievements.

Video and information provided by the WCCUSD