2011-2012 Season

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Team Photo

We went to three regional competitions in the 2011-12 season, playing the game "Gateway". (Here is an animation that explains the game.)  The first competition we attended was in Walnut Creek, California, the second one was in Tracy, California, and the third one was in San Jose, California.

Here is an album of photos from this season.

At the competition in Walnut Creek, we went undefeated in the qualifying rounds and seeded 2nd out of 29 teams.  We allied with teams 254E and 5369 and made it to the semifinals.  Our team won both the Robot Skills Challenge (with a score of 19) and the Programming Skills Challenge (with a score of 5) at the competition.  But most impressively, we won the Excellence Award, which got us an invitation to the VEX World Championships in Anaheim, California in April 2012!

Walnut Creek Team Picture

At the competition in Tracy, we went undefeated in the qualifying rounds again and seeded 1st out of 40 teams.  We allied with teams 404 and 1000C and became the tournament champions!  Our team also won both the Robot Skills Challenge (with a score of 26) and the Programming Skills Challenge (with a score of 15).  And finally, we won the Excellence Award at the tournament!  With two more invitations from this tournament, we have now qualified three times to go to the VEX Robotics World Championships!

Tracy Team Picture

At the competition in San Jose, we went undefeated in the qualifying rounds and seeded first.  We chose teams 1935A and 1000B to be on our alliance, and went on to become the tournament champions!  Our team also won the Programming Skills Challenge (with a score of 16) and the Excellence Award!

San Jose Tournament

In April 2012, our team attended the World Championships in Anaheim, California.  600 VEX teams from around the world attended.  Our team competed in the Engineering division.  We seeded 25th in our division and made it to the quarterfinals.

Our team won the Think award for our division!  Here is the official description of the Think award: 

"The “Think” award is presented to a team that has successfully utilized autonomous programming modes during competition. Quality, consistency and success of autonomous programs in being an integral part of an effective strategy as well as the ability of the students to explain their programming process from strategy to syntax will help to determine a winner of this award. This award may be judged by the referees, programming inspectors and/or members of the judge panel."

Here's a video of our team competing at the world championships:

In addition, our team accepted a trophy on stage at the world championships for our award winning (first place in the world) Educational video - "Billy Fly the Science Guy - Triangles".  You can watch the video here:

Also, our Promote video was a finalist (top 10 in the world) in it's category.  You can watch it here:

Here are some important events for our team during the 2011-2012 season:

4/12: We're back from the World Championships!

World Championships

1/14/12: We won a tournament in San Jose!  We also won both the Programming Skills Challenge and our third Excellence Award of the season! 

San Jose Team Picture

11/12/11: We won a tournament in Tracy!  We also won both the Programming Skills Challenge and Driver Skills Challenge, and we won another Excellence Award!

Tracy Team Picture

11/5/11: At a tournament in Walnut Creek, we made it to the semifinals.  We won both the Programming Skills Challenge and Driver Skills Challenge and we won the Excellence Award!

Walnut Creek Team Picture

Green MacHHHHine introduced a new Gateway Scoring program to help teams develop scoring strategies.

Scoring Program