3 High School and 1 Middle School team participated in the Dougherty Valley tournament the weekend of Oct 28 in San Ramon. 2 Robohawks teams take home the Championship Trophy and qualify for State's.
All 4 of our teams were selected to play in semi-final qualifications.
Our middle school team and one High School team joined together and played into the Semi-finals.
Two of our remaining High School teams participated in a 2nd alliance and succeeded in winning the Tournament Championship title, earning their qualification to the State Championship in February in San Jose.
pictured here, Left to Right:
Sophie Max Kojima, Dylon (alliance partner from The Resistance), Matthew Chan, Bradley Wu, Fitch Ji, Louie Eatherton, Ryan Chern
Several of our High School members coordinated work with technical departments in the lower divisions of the Head-Royce community in order to inspire the engineering and computer programming minds in the next generation. Together they built and programmed a pair of robots (pictured below) out of Lego Mindstorm kits. The robots were later demonstrated at division assemblies to promote new electives Head-Royce is beginning to offer. This was a wonderful experience to get to work with both the robots and other students at our school and we are hoping that we will get the chance to do more of this type of work in the future.
The school year is now in full swing, but we'll take a pause to look back to our summer breaks and everything our team members got up to. Activities ranged from athletic camps to summer courses. However, the majority of the team spent time teaching at Galaxy Robotics, a summer camp created by the Robohawks founders in order to teach elementary school students the fundamentals of robotics and engeneering. Just this year we added a programing section to our regular robotics, in which we explored the basics of Python and animation.
I was one of these counselers, for my second year, and got the chance to work with some of the brightest young minds I've met. I look forward to going up against them in future competitions! One of the greatest things about teaching is how excited the children get when they are able to drive the robot for the first time. On top of this it's a great opportunity for the team members to learn even more about robotics. It's interesting to find just how much you are able to learn when you teach.