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Monrovia Unified Robotics Teams Advance to World Championships, Netherlands

Three Monrovia Unified robotics teams are gearing up to compete in different parts of the world after demonstrating technical proficiency in competitions and showing remarkable communication on the benefits of pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to fellow students and the community.
The Suitbots and Droidnoughts from Monrovia High School will advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships in Houston on April 18 and the Hippie Bots from Clifton Middle School will travel to the Netherlands to compete in the FTC Dutch Open Championship on May 19 and 20.
The Suitbots earned their spot in the Houston World Championships after winning the Connect Award at the Feb. 26 Los Angeles Regional Championships, qualifying them for the western Super-Regional Championships in Tacoma, Washington, March 10 through 12. The Suitbots won seven out of nine competitions in Tacoma, placing them in seventh and earning them a spot in Houston.
The Droidnoughts, who also advanced through the L.A. Regional Championships, were one of 20 teams from the western United States to receive an invitation to the World Championships through the FTC lottery process.
The Clifton Middle School Hippie Bots are also preparing to compete in far-away places, receiving a special invitation to the FTC Dutch Open Championship, where the eighth-grade team will test its skills against high schoolers and college students as the only American robotics teams to compete.
“Our robotics teams have flourished under the leadership of our robotics mentors, who work tirelessly to bring STEM experiences to our students,” Monrovia Unified Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “These sparks of passion often turn into career explorations for our students, and we will ensure all students have these outlets to discover their interests as early on as possible.”
All three teams are currently raising funds for their trips. To support the Monrovia High Suitbots and Droidnoughts, visit To support the Clifton Hippie Bots, visit