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Chickadees Earn Judges’ Award at Utah Regional March 2017

Twelve of the Chickadees pose with their Judges' Award trophy and plaque and the chassis of the 2017 robot, The Phoenix, outside of the competition venue in Utah.

The Chickadees pose with their Judges’ Award trophy and plaque and the chassis of the 2017 robot, The Phoenix.

The Chickadees earned the Judges’ Award at the 2017 Utah Regional. The team selected for this award embraces the principles of FIRST during the competition and is selected by the judging panel to recognize their “unique efforts, performance, or dynamics.”

More information about this other awards is listed on the FRC page for Awards Based on Team Attributes.

Chickadees Competing at Utah Regional March 9 – 11, 2017

You can follow the Chickadees (FRC Team 5871) at the Utah Regional March 9 through 11, 2017, on The Blue Alliance page for the event, an independent website that tracks FIRST Robotics Competition webcasts, team information, and event results including updates on scores and rankings.

You can livestream the competition at

Thursday, March 9: Practice rounds
Friday, March 10: Qualification rounds
Saturday, March 11: Qualification rounds in the morning, Finals in the afternoon

Official event results are posted on the FRC Event Results page. The Utah Regional is in the Week 2 events list.


On Saturday, December 4, at approximately 7:00PM, there was a structure fire at 1021 Manitou Avenue, the building where we meet, work, and store everything for the team. We also share this work space with another Boise State student team. Most, if not all, of our things have been lost to fire and water damage. This includes our robots. No one from either team was there when the fire began, and no one was injured.

We are hopeful that insurance money will help us recover most of what we lost. At this point, we are working on purchasing components for a new robot so that we can continue to build and learn for the remainder of the workshops this month before Kickoff. If you are interested in donating to the team to help us in this effort, you can do so in one of two ways:
(1) Send Norma Arechiga a check made out to the Boise State Foundation with “Chickadees Robotics” in the memo to Attn: Norma Arechiga, Boise State University, College of Engineering, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-2100.
(2) Donate directly through the Foundation online by going to and searching at the bottom of the page for Fund ID: NR039 “College of Engineering Outreach Fund”.

We will continue to meet for our workshops. Tuesday’s workshop will begin in the HML/Machine Shop area. Other workshops will take place in the Boise State Albertson’s Library. Other meeting locations will be updated shortly; please check the calendar located at for meeting locations.
March 29, 2016: The FIRST Regional Competition in Boise and the Chickadees were featured in the Boise State University Update. Read the article here: All-Girl Team Ready for Regional Robotics Competition at Boise State.

See Calendar page for details.

Kickoff: January 7, 2017

Updates from the Blog!

  • Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

    Jan 28 2017

    Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

    The mission of FIRST robotics Team #5871, The Chickadees, is to provide opportunities

  • 1-28-17

    Jan 28 2017


    The past few meetings, we have been editing our prototypes and ordering the materials needed