The Barstow Robotics Team is ready to retire one award-winning robot—and get to work on the next one—after a final FIRST robotics off-season event Oct. 26-27.
Defending last year’s win at the Cowtown Throwdown, a competition offered by Cerner and Lee’s Summit FRC Team 1730, Barstow made it to the semifinal round and earned the Imagery Award for aesthetics in robot design. Congratulations to the students on their success, including the drive team of Aiden Jacobs, Aasim Hawa, Sola Dugbo and Ryan Lang, juniors, and Ian MacIvor, sophomore.
A new FIRST Robotics Competition game will be announced in January, when the team will build a brand new competition robot over the course of six intense weeks. Barstow FRC Team 1939 has qualified for five World Championships, won multiple Chairman’s and Engineering Inspiration Awards and earned recognition from NASA and Motorola.
Coached by Middle & Upper School STEAM Director Gavin Wood, the team also focuses on outreach and service year round. Members are leaders in the global Go Baby Go movement, which provides adapted Power Wheels cars to children with disabilities.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, Team 1939 will host a Community Build event, during which Go Baby Go chapters from around the region will come to Barstow to build 20 cars for local children. Barstow is a lead school in this endeavor, working directly with the founder of Go Baby Go to grow the program nationally and internationally. Last year, members of Team 1939 developed and published, an online forum that connects Go Baby Go chapters, robotics teams, universities and innovators around the world with families in need of adapted motorized vehicles.
This year, the team will pilot a “hack-a-thon” concept, where children who need cars with heavier modifications are partnered with build teams to customize vehicles to their specific needs.
“Barstow students showed their expertise by training other robotics teams not only how to build these cars, but also how to be role models and interact with these special children and their wonderful families,” Wood said.

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