Eagan High School robotics team poses with the chairman's award.

The Eagan High School Blue Twilight Robotics Team 2220 is headed to the FIRST Robotics World Championship for the eighth time after its strong showing at the Silicon Valley regional competition.

The regional tournament, held March 29-31 at San Jose State University, was a gathering 60 of the most inventive high school robotics teams from around the world. Blue Twilight coach Todd Harpster said the drive team spent a considerable amount of time perfecting and fine tuning the robot prior to the tournament so that during competition they were able to present a high-quality, robust robot. Following their qualifying matches, the team was ranked 12th overall and was selected to receive the Regional Chairman’s Award, the top award, and the Safety Award. This is the fifth time the team has won the Chairman’s Award.

“It was a great learning experience for the students to have the opportunity to compete with some of the best robotics teams in the world,” Harpster said. “This team is made up of dedicated, hard-working students and mentors, and these awards are an indication of that.”

With just a few weeks until the world tournament, the team is planning to refine its process and present an even more high-tech robot. The FIRST Robotics World Championships take place April 24-29 in Detroit, Mich.

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