Charger Robotics earns 6th Chairman’s Award, wins St. Louis regional

Charger Robotics Team 537 came away with success March 11 at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics St. Louis Regional Competition. The Hamilton team was selected to be part of a three-team alliance that battled through quarterfinals, semifinals and finals to win the STEAMWORKS game challenge.

For the sixth time in seven years, the Hamilton team earned the regional Chairman’s Award, the most prestigious team award that supersedes winning the competition itself. The Chairman’s Award was created to recognize teams that demonstrate the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology in their communities and schools. Team members submit an essay, a three-minute video and give a presentation in front of a panel of judges. Junior James Lang and sophomores Abigail Dowse and Ty Kozic presented.

The regional competition win and the Chairman’s Award has double qualified the team for the Championship Event in St. Louis April 26-29. A total of 70 Hamilton students with more than 20 mentors are involved in Charger Robotics which is supported by platinum team sponsors G.E Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, Red Arrow Labs and Hamilton School District among others. The team is advised by Hamilton teacher Lori Hinytz. For additional information please visit or