If you aren’t already familiar with the innovative, young group that is the CocoNuts Robotics team we are glad to change that. If you are already familiar, stay tuned to learn what they have planned for the future. The first Northern Arizona robotics team of its kind, the CocoNuts were founded right here in Flagstaff at Coconino High School in 2007. Not only have they built exemplarary robots and received many prestigious awards, but are also heavily involved in the community.
Let's take a moment to celebrate these amazing young people that make up the CocoNuts and acknowledge their impact on our STEM community. Some past community outreach from the team includes but is not limited to: building a ¼ scale Lunar Rover for Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy celebration, partnering with NAU and Lowell Observatory to host the Lunar Legacy Robotics Invitational on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, volunteering at over two dozen FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) events, teaching workshops for teachers interested in starting FIRST Lego league teams, and recently leading activities for the computer science week at Killip Elementary School.
This season, the CocoNuts are focusing on supporting teams and our community in the following ways:
They haven't had a chance to compete with this year's robot (yet) but are hopeful for the chance in the upcoming year. Their 2021 competition season will include:
The award announcement that was read during the Regional Chairman award ceremony states:
“This team has done over 360 outreach events and reached more than 230,000 people in person. Their junkyard robot challenge provides an opportunity for people of all ages to experience a FIRST-like challenge, and their Lunar Rover is instantly recognizable. Their “FLL in a Nutshell” is a comprehensive guide and hands-on professional development for new coaches and their Chairman’s Guide has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. The Chairman’s Award for the Las Vegas Regional goes to team 2486 the CocoNuts from Flagstaff, AZ!”
To learn more about the award and their accomplishments check out the 2020 press release here.
STEM City would like to thank the CocoNuts team for everything you all do to uplift our STEM Community! We are so proud to share all of your achievements and efforts to support others.