Laura Rhodes, mentor, FIRST Robotics Team 100, submitted this story.
The aspiring young scientists and engineers of Team 100, the Wildhats — a collaboration of Woodside, Carlmont, and Sequoia High Schools — WON the San Diego FIRST Robotics Regional Championship on Saturday March 6th. They shared this achievement with their two alliance partners, Team 294 from Redondo Beach, CA and Team 359 from Waialua, HI. Twenty-three students represented Team 100 in San Diego where they competed against 48 teams from all over California, as well as from Hawaii, Alaska, Michigan, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Their 2010 robot, "HammerHead" was one of the most versatile robots at the competition - it successfully kicked soccer balls the length of the field, excelled in ball control, traveled over the steep bumps and suspended itself from the tower at the end of the match to gain bonus points. This win, an accomplishment requiring many late nights and weekends of labor, has earned Team 100 a spot in the FIRST Championships competition in Atlanta, Georgia on April 15 -17 where they will compete against all the other Regional winners.
Team 100 will be competing again this coming week at the Silicon Valley Regional, trying to repeat their victory in San Diego. Other SF Peninsula robotics teams competing are 253 (Mills), 751 (Woodside Priory), 840 (Aragon), 766 (Menlo-Atherton), 2144 (Sacred Heart), 114(Los Altos), 8 (Palo Alto), 192 (Gunn), and 1700 (Castilleja). FIRST brings the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions.
Fifty teams will be competing in the FIRST Robotics Silicon Valley Regional at the Event Center at San Jose State University on Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20. This is a great family event and is free and open to the public. Qualifying matches will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. The final elimination matches will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 on Saturday.
Each year, the robotics team, which consists of students from Woodside, Carlmont and Sequoia High School, enters the FIRST Robotics Competition. This program provides a fascinating real-world engineering experience for the students and helps them discover the value of education and careers in science, technology, and math. Students have the opportunity to learn first-hand about mechanics, electronics, fabrication, programming, animation, web-site design, and more, as part of this club.
Go to Web Link to find out more information about the FIRST robotics competition and the details about the Silicon Valley Regional.