Laurens Robotics won first place in the Palmetto Regional at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center over the weekend, and Coach Rob Sheffield won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award.

FRC Team 4451: ROBOTZ Garage was the winning alliance. The Laurens County School District 55 team earned a spot in the 2019 FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas, and this is the sixth time in seven years the Laurens team has participated in the four-day robotics competition.

Laurens’ winning Alliance was with Team 4020: Cyber Tribe from Kingsport, Tenn., and Team 5022: Rat Rods Robotics from Jonesborough, Tenn.

This was the third time Laurens won the Palmetto Regional (2015-16, 2019).

Sheffield earned the Flowers Finalist award after being nominated by his team. Woodie Flowers is an emeritus professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a founding member of FIRST Robotics. Sheffield is eligible for the national award, created to “celebrate effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design.”

Participating in the Palmetto Regional were Austin Bercume, John Leon Bettger, Kaitlyn Chambers, Austin Cooper, Tom Dohrmann, Cameron Estes, Jackson James, Willis Long, Douglas Meetze, Cody Morrison, Blake Roper, Ethan Sharp, Andrew Shelton, Bryan Uceda-Alvarez, Wesley Veal and Marissa Wideman.

This weekend Laurens will compete in the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, Ala.