Kansas City, MO — April 22, 2019 — The Barstow School Robotics Team earned a third place finish at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, April 19. FRC Team 1939 competed against over 400 international teams.
FIRST World Championships brings together tens of thousands of STEM who design, build and program robots that compete to accomplish tasks on the competition field. Barstow competed in the Carver Division, one of six divisions at the annual event that combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Barstow's quick scoring, consistency and ability to battle through defenders with “Lancelot,” the team’s robot, caught the attention of FRC Team 1678 from Davis, California, ranked third after qualifying rounds. They chose Barstow, along with a team from Garland, Texas, and a team from Sydney, Australia, for their four-robot playoffs alliance. Together, the teams defeated several of the top-ranked teams in the world to win the Carver Division.

Barstow Robotics coach Gavin Wood said one of the most exciting moments of the competition occurred when the drive team of Aasim Hawa, Aiden Jacobs, Sola Dugbo, Ryan Lang and Ian MacIvor, and the pit crew of Sean Mathews and Mark Lopatofsky were announced and ran onto the field in front of 40,000 spectators.

“It was awesome,” Wood said. “We’re excited to hang up a couple of new banners at school after the season.”
Barstow's FIRST Robotics team qualified for World Championships for the seventh time in eight years by winning the Central Missouri Regional in Sedalia earlier this month.
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