Noel Robertson

Category : Awards

Paradise Valley High CREST Student is a FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist

Thursday , May 27 , 2021

Noel Robertson

Noel Robertson, a junior in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology program at Paradise Valley High School, is a FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist. She advances to the championship level to compete internationally for the Dean’s List Winner Award on June 26. The Virtual Award Ceremony will be broadcast on the Official FIRST Twitch Channel at 9 a.m. MST. 

“When I found out that I was a Dean’s List Finalist, I was extremely excited! I have wanted to win Dean's List ever since my brother Stephen won it when he was a junior on Team Paradise. He was the first person ever in the Paradise Valley Unified School District to win the award,” Robertson said.

The FIRST Dean's Award recognizes great examples of current student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for FIRST and its mission while achieving personal technical expertise and accomplishment. “I was recognized for volunteering at robotic competitions, promoting FIRST at public events, and preparing materials for the Arizona State SciTech Festival. The thing I am most proud of is creating at-home materials for the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Season. FIRST LEGO League Challenge is a robotics competition for students in grades 4-8. Traditionally, students would compete on a team in person; however, due to the pandemic, many teams had to work remotely this season. I developed and adapted the traditional meeting guide and engineering notebooks to better fit the online platforms. These resources were then adopted by FIRST and published on the official website for teams worldwide to use,” Robertson explained. 

Robertson is also the president of LAUNCH TEAM 6352, which includes students from Horizon and Paradise Valley high schools. Team members include Brooke Dick, Teddy Schwartz, and Jack Trabue from Paradise Valley High School and Kaya Szakacs from Horizon High School. Robertson will help the team members prepare for the interviews by rehearsing and expanding their community outreach. LAUNCH TEAM 6352 also won the Chairman's Award.

Robertson’s advice to other students who are interested in joining a robotics team is, “I would advise students to remember that FIRST is more than just building robots. There is community outreach, programming and electrical, team spirit, graphic design, presentations and business plans, CAD and 3D printing, finance, and so many more ways for students to get involved. Whatever your passion is, you can use it in robotics.”

Robertson has been involved with all levels of FIRST Robotics since second grade at Desert Cove Elementary School and North Ranch Elementary School with Ms. Ackerman, including acting as president for one of the three award-winning FIRST Tech Challenge teams at Sunrise Middle School led by Ms. Kool.

LAUNCH TEAM was founded by 2017 Paradise Valley High School alum, Stephen Robertson, who graduated from Arizona State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science, Engineering in Electrical Engineering.