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Courtesy | Hillcrest High Husky Robotics Team Student members of the Hillcrest High Husky Robotics Team compete at the Utah regional competition at the Maverik Center on March 21 through 23. The team won the Rookie All Star Award, which qualified them for the World Championship in St. Louis held April 23-26.
Hillcrest High competes for FIRST Robotics world title
Rookie All Star Award » Earning the honor for the first-time competitors launched them to the national event.
First Published May 09 2013 11:47 am • Last Updated May 09 2013 12:57 pm

HARV-E the robot may not clean up trash like the Disney Pixar character WALL-E who inspired his name, but he can throw a fine Frisbee.

The robot, created by students at Hillcrest High School, competed in the

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[Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics is a competition of the nonprofit FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The 2013 Utah Regional took place in March.

Hillcrest High competed for the first time and was honored with the Rookie All Star Award, which qualified them to go to the world championship in St. Louis, Mo.

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[Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics team World Championship after the team won the Rookie All-Star Award at the 2013 Utah Regional.

"The program is designed to give kids an introduction to the field of science," said Clief Castleton, Hillcrest robotics team adviser. "It’s for kids to compete against other teams in a cooperative but competitive arena."

Hillcrest and Alta High represented Canyons School District for the very first time in the [Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics competition. The Utah Regional took place at the Maverik Center in West Valley City March 21-23.

"We kind of just all worked together to complete one goal, and I find that was really awesome to do that," said junior Manuel Weffer. "I’ve learned a lot about engineering, electronics and business."

During the regional competition, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert stopped by different teams’ pits and chatted with the Hillcrest High students for about 15 minutes. Rep. Jim Matheson also visited Castleton’s classroom.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit started in 1989 with a mission to inspire and build interest in science and technology. The organization has various competitive programs such as FIRST LEGO League and [Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics. Canyons District approached Castleton a year ago to see if he would be interested in putting a team together for story continues below

[Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics.

"I said sure, if I can have a class just for robotics," he said.

The district agreed, and Hillcrest Robotics also received a start-up grant from NASA. The team started working on the [Canyons School District](http://www.canyonsdistrict.org/" target="_blank">FIRST Robotics project in January. For six weeks, team members designed and built the robot with the focus of teamwork.

"A lot of things fell through, and a lot of things worked the way we wanted it to," said senior Rien Reid. "We’ve learned a lot of new things."

Castleton said it was up to the students to use their skills, creativity and collaboration.

"I’m just kind of a mentor leading on the side," he said.

The team named the robot HARV-E, which stands for Highly Accurate Robotic Vehicle Extraordinaire, after their own mascot Harvey Husky.

The regional and world championship competitions are formatted about the same, Castleton said.

The 2013 competition is called Ultimate Ascent. The objective is for the robot to score as many points as possible by launching discs into goals in timed periods. Robots could also score by climbing pyramids, but HARV-E does not have that capability.

"Our greatest strength was defensive capabilities," Castleton said.

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