Collegiate High’s Robotics Team is on the map in the world of Competitive Robotics with their first win in a FIRST Tech Challange Tournament on January 28th. 

The High School, which is a part of Northwest Florida State College and allows students to get their A.S. or A.A. degrees by the time they complete secondary school, earned their first victory at the FIRST Tech Challenge’s FL AeroCoast League Tournament. 

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The team, called the Radical Raiders competed against eight teams from across the Florida Panhandle at Northwood Elementary for the chance to move on to the state competition. 

The team spent hundreds of hours to build and program the robot they created to perform in this year’s challenges. 

The Collegiate High School Radical Raiders also picked up the Inspire Award for “best embodying the challenge of the program.” According to a release from the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, the award “is given to the team that inspire others, act as positive ambassadors of FIRST programs, and maintain professionalism in all aspects.”

State Competition

With the win, the Radical Raiders advance to the Florida Championship in early March. The competition takes place in Winter Haven, Florida. They will take on 55 other teams from around the state for a chance to move on to the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas in April. 

“I am immensely proud of our Radical Raiders who represented our institution’s standard of excellence at the AeroCoast League Tournament,” said NWFSC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “I look forward to these students showcasing the prowess of Northwest Florida State College at the state level and beyond.”


The FIRST Tech Challenge is an international program where teams of up to 15 participants in 7th through 12th grade are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head, alliance-format challenge. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and teamwork.

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