Robotics Club News & Updates

Dear friends, colleagues & partners,

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.


Larry Cohen, President of FIRST

Thu, Mar 5, 2020 @ 3pm-4pm in Park City: Robominers & Checkmate on KPCW, Park City Radio!

  • Mark, Zerin and Tavian did an amazing job promoting PCHS Robotics Club and raising money for the radio station

Tue, Mar 10, 2020 @ 2pm-4pm Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo: UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational technology)

  • Nuclear Minds - Annual technology conference for teachers, administrators, and leaders K-12 - more than 1500 teachers in attendance

Sat, Mar 21, 2020 in Carson City, Nevada @ 7:30am-5:30pm: Sierra Nevada Robot Showcase - robot competition only (no judging)

June 19-21, 2020 in Laurel, Maryland: Maryland Tech Invitational aka MTI

FTC Idaho Championship in Nampa, Idaho 02/29/20

On Saturday, February 29th at the Idaho Championship in Nampa, Idaho, four FTC teams from PCHS Robotics Club were among the 32 teams competing. Idaho only advances 1 team to the World Championship, the winner of the Inspire Award. Team #12384 Checkmate won the Inspire Award and will be at the FTC World Championship Houston on April 15-18, 2020!

#12384 Checkmate - Krystal Pilzer and Mark Pilzer

  • Inspire Award Winner - qualified for Worlds!
  • Winning Alliance Captain
  • Design Award 2nd Place

#12351 Nuclear Minds - Jack Giebe, Brayden Drury, Jake Stocker

  • Winning Alliance 1st Pick
  • Design Award Winner

#5667 Robominers - Zerin Robertson and Tavian Robertson

  • Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 3rd Place
  • Control Award 2nd Place

#10695 Theta Robotics - Evan Ayers and John Vazquez


Meet our 7 FTC teams 2019-2020 Skystone Season

12384 Checkmate

  • Krystal Pilzer
  • Mark Pilzer

5667 Robominers

  • Zerin Robertson
  • Tavian Robertson

12351 Nuclear Minds

  • Jack Giebe
  • Lindsay Miller
  • Carson Glass
  • Jake Stocker
  • Jonah Miller
  • Brayden Drury

10695 Theta Robotics

  • Alex Alden
  • Evan Ayers
  • John Vazquez

12376 Yolk

  • Ryan Su
  • Alexander Kent
  • Nathan Drury

5804 The Botgineers

  • Brady Boyle
  • Finn Boyle
  • Will Smyth
  • Hale Nickell
  • Alex Kuck
  • Sofie Anderson

10694 Chromatic

  • Nik Castleberry
  • Brendon Ross
  • Jake Day
  • TR Bullock
  • Andrew Miller
  • Spencer Miller


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition platform for junior high and high school students. Park City Robotics currently has 7 teams competing in the 2019-2020 FTC Skystone Season.

April 20, 2019 FIRST World Championship in Houston5667 Robominers, 12357 Inconceivable, 12384 Checkmate

Park City Robotics Club was founded in 2011 at Park City High School. 35 students from Treasure Mt Junior High and Park City High have assembled 7 official FTC robotics teams that participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a robotics competition platform for junior high and high school students. Our teams have competed at the local, state, regional and world championship levels.

The Park City Robotics Club is one of the most successful organizations in the world thanks to the collaboration with the industry, other FTC Teams, the Park City Education Foundation, our Park City community and families. We could not be where we are today without the dedication, time and commitment from our coaches and mentors, particularly Sheri Prucka.

Last year alone, during the 2018-2019 Rover Ruckus FTC Season, Park City Robotics Club advanced 3 teams to the FIRST World Championship in Houston: 12384 Checkmate, 12357 Inconceivable and 5667 Robominers.

April 20, 2019 FIRST World Championship in HoustonPark City Robotics with Mountain States Teams 724 RedNek Robotics, 7112 Skeleton Crew, 5026 Tesla Coils
March 9, 2019 FTC Idaho ChampionshipWinning Alliance Captain: Inconceivable & Checkmate. Robominers win Inspire Award. 3 Park City teams are going to the World Championship!
February 23, 2019 FIRST Tech Challenge Utah Championship at Weber StateBeehive Robotics, RedNek Robotics, Skeleton Crew, Robominers, Tesla Coils, 12384 Checkmate wins Inspire Award! Checkmate and Tesla Coils are going to Worlds!
February 23, 2019 FTC Utah Championship12384 Checkmate wins Inspire Award
February 23, 2019 FTC Utah ChampionshipWinning Alliance: Tesla Coils, Robominers and Checkmate