Wednesday, February 8, 2023

CMS Robotics Teams, Funded by CSF, Have Award-Winning day at Regional Tournament

All photos courtesy of Coronado Schools Foundation.

Drake Laher, Jaylen Cohn, Murphy Knapp, Emilio Real, and Madden Pederziani-Cole are all smiles with the recognition after competing against 40 teams at the First Lego League Southern California Regionals.

The Coronado Middle School Robotics Teams competed in the Southern California Regionals Tournament this past weekend, held at High Tech High Mesa, and had a huge day! With forty teams competing, CMS had five teams compete at First Lego League Southern California Regionals, where they won four awards with two teams now moving on to the Southern California Championships at UC Riverside! A huge congratulations goes out to the teams as well as head coach Robert Lenert.

“Thank you to all of our 17 outstanding coaches, mentors, sponsors, and all our amazing parents,” said Lenert. “This is a team effort and we couldn’t do any of it without you! Go CMS Robotics…five teams, one family!”

CMS’s very own NASA Engineer Pete Waydo won the Southern California Coaches Award, which goes to the coach or mentor whose leadership and guidance are clearly evident and best exemplify the FIRST Core Values.

The Robo Tritons Team won for best Robot Design, an award given to the team that demonstrates overall outstanding achievement in developing a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient, and highly capable of performing challenging missions.

The Robo Royalty Team won the Champions Award, an award that celebrates a team that embodies the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in Robot Performance, Robot Design, and the Innovation Project.

The Nado Bots Team won the Core Values Award for displaying extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit and showing each other and other teams respect at all times.

The CMS Robotics team cheers for their big wins!

The CMS Robotics Teams are funded by Coronado Schools Foundations through community support and donations. Visit to learn more and support the CMS Robotics Team’s next competitions.

All photos courtesy of Coronado Schools Foundation.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is happy to call Coronado home and to have raised her children here. In her free time she enjoys reading, exercising, trying new restaurants, and just walking her dog around the "island." Have news to share? Send tips or story ideas to: [email protected]