FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a popular robotics competition for students in grade 9 through 12. Shockwave Robotics, The Grauer School’s FIRST robotics team, had a 4-0-1 record at the Los Angeles qualifier competition and was ranked 2nd place overall out of twenty-two teams going into the semifinals. The team was narrowly defeated in the final round and was a team finalist for the Control Award and the 3rd place winner of the Inspire Award. The outstanding results have qualified the team to move on to the Los Angeles Regional Championship in February.

The team has over fifty percent new members with Andrea Sanchez, Erik Guetz, Max Greiner, and Alexandra Stibor joining returning teammates K.J. Newman, Maddy Gardner, and David Lilburn. Last year’s team won first place in the Inspire category at the Los Angeles Regional Championship, guaranteeing them a spot at the World Championship. This is the fifth year that The Grauer School has had a FIRST robotics team qualifiy for the World Championship every year since its inception.