FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Championship Reflections

May 03, 2023 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Program Director



What an event! Nearly 50,000 people came to the 2023 FIRST® Championship presented by BAE Systems. With 619 teams in FIRST® Robotics Competition alone, it took a massive effort from our dedicated staff and nearly 1,000 volunteers to put on the event. To all who helped make the 2023 season an impactful reality, thank you!

Congratulations to our FIRST Impact Award winning team, the RoboLancers Team 321 from Philadelphia, PA, USA!

Congratulations also to our 5 other FIRST Impact Award Finalists:

  • Team 118, Robonauts, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Team 3284, Camdenton LASER 3284, Camdenton, Missouri, USA
  • Team 5985, Project Bucephalus, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Team 5665, SPARC, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Team 6865, Manitoulin Metal 6865, M'Chigeeng, Ontario, Canada

I’d also like to congratulate Mark Buckner of Team 4265, Secret City Wildbots, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA for winning the 2023 Woodie Flowers Award and Ali Marinari for being recognized at the FIRST Robotics Competition Volunteer of the Year!

A big congratulations to our FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Award winners:

  • Abigail L., Team 401, Copperhead Robotics, Virginia 
  • Ana-Lois D., Team 176, Aces High, Connecticut 
  • Audrey S., Team 1296, Full Metal Jackets, Texas 
  • Brianna A., Team 687, The Nerd Herd, California 
  • Bruno Ósio J., Team 1772, The Brazilian Trail Blazers, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 
  • Elise R., Team 6473, Rock Star Robotics, Florida 
  • Ian F., Team 3926, MPArors, Minnesota 
  • Joveline Alice F. A., Team 2465, Kauaibots, Hawaii 
  • Sanjith U., Team 503, Frog Force, Michigan 
  • Shaan M., Team 2638, Rebel Robotics, Great Neck, New York


Finally, congratulations to our 2023 FIRST Championship Winning Alliance, who went undefeated through both the Hopper Division and the Einstein tournament!

  • Team 1323, MadTown Robotics, Madera, California, USA
  • Team 4414, HighTide, Ventura, California, USA
  • Team 4096, Ctrl-Z, Champaign, Illinois, USA
  • Team 2609, BeaverworX, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


I wish you all a safe and happy summer! Registration for the 2024 FIRST season opens on May 17. Only 248 days until we kick off CRESCENDOSM presented by Haas!

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