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Event Details

Through the FIRST Robotics Team 585, about 40 high school students participate in the FIRST Robotics competition in which students design, build and operate a large, wheeled robot for a competitive/cooperative international challenge. The annual Chili Cook-off, Robot Unveiling and Silent Auction is the team's main fundraiser to pay for team travel and robot materials. Enter a pot of chili to win top bragging rights and a gift basket, or just enjoy an all-you-can-eat chili lunch for only $5 (advance purchase, $7 at the door). At the event, the team will unveil the robot they will compete with at Seattle and Las Vegas regional championship tournaments. You'll be among the first to see this year's robot and encourage the students in their work. A silent auction will run throughout the event allowing you to bid on silent auction items donated by local individuals and businesses. These items offer good value and all funds from ticket sales and silent auction items go directly to the team. Auction items typically include sports and theme park tickets, novelty t-shirts, Tehachapi and Bakersfield-area restaurant gift certificates, space and technology memorabilia, art, wine tastings, antiques, pet supplies and more. To enter a chili in the cook-off or to donate silent auction items, email

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Event Location


Tehachapi High School Cafeteria

801 South Dennison Road, Tehachapi, CA, 93561

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Chili Cook-off (Competition for the best chili in various categories) / Silent Auction (Amazing silent auction items donated by local and major companies alike) / Robot Unveiling (The unveiling of our 2012 "Rebound Rumble" competition robot) / Guest Speaker (A noted guest speaker to entrance the audience)