Congratulations to the middle school robotics team, the METEORS, comprised of students from all three middle schools. Although this was the team’s first year, this rookie team surpassed 32 other teams to take the top spot in their first event and qualified for the state championship. These students participated in the FIRST robotics program, an international program designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. While teams create their own robots to accomplish the goals laid out in the game, they also work together with other teams and build alliances in competition. Teams are scored not only on their robots and process, but also how they work within the team, with other teams, team spirit, and a variety of other categories.