The Austin Metro League (AML) Championship is just a few days away!  Approximately fifty area teams will join us at Vandegrift High School on Saturday, January 21 as two separate League Championships are run simultaneously in the Competition Gym.  Each Championship will advance ~8 teams to the FTC Alamo Region Championship (aka Regionals).  The next ~5 teams will advance to the Alamo Region Wild Card Qualifier in San Antonio February 17-18.   The Wild Card will be the last chance for Austin area FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams to advance to Regionals held February 23 – 25 in San Antonio.  This year’s game, Velocity Vortex, is deceptively easy and allows teams a variety of solutions to make their robots competitive with the most complex aspects focusing separately on the software engineering in autonomous and mechanical engineering in the end-game and for the teams that bridge these two well – they can be unstoppable.

Opening ceremonies will take place at 12:30pm in the VHS Competition Gym.  The public, parents, family and friends of ViperBots and participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams.  The fifty teams were split into one of four leagues this season – the Clubs League, the Diamonds League, the Hearts League and the Spades League – which make up the Austin Metro League.  For the League Championship, two leagues will combine and compete together – Championship 1: Clubs & Hearts (6210) and Championship 2: Spades (6299, 7161) & Diamonds (4545, 4546, 6209, 11503).  Just for fun, the winners of Championship 1 and Championship 2 will vie for the title of Event Champion and the newly established Austin Cup which includes bragging rights and possession of the cup for a full year!

Keep up with scores online, ViperBots!  Those who cannot cheer on the ViperBots in person, may keep up with scores online.  Tune in beginning at 12:45pm.  Share with family and friends!  GO ViperBots!

Check Championship 1 and 2 scores here =>

Learn more about Teams in the Pit Area.  The VHS Cafeteria will be transformed into the Pit where Teams will showcase their robot, outreach efforts and season accomplishments.  Between matches and during lunch you will find teams making needed repairs to their robot.  Please note: ALL are required to wear safety glasses while in the Pit area.

Concession Stand open 7:45am to 5pm (times subject to change).  Breakfast fare includes Rudy’s tacos, muffins, bananas, apples, snacks, orange juice and coffee.  Lunch options include Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza (2 slices for $3), Hunan Riverplace Chicken Fried Rice $7, Potstickers (5 pieces for $5), Crispy Crab Puffs (4 pieces for  $5), Shrimp Spring Rolls (2 for $4), chips/pretzels/cookies/candy $1 and bottled water/soda $1.

Location/Directions:  Vandegrift High School is located at 9500 McNeil Drive, Austin, TX 78750.  Browse to Google Maps for directions.  (Caution:  There are two McNeil Drives that do not connect.  You want to be sure that you are taking the McNeil Drive that connects with FM2222 on the West side of Austin.  Vandegrift HS is near 3M & River Place.)

Parking / Entrance:  Refer to this PDF for parking and entrance locations – Map VHS

Schedule of Events:
07:00am – ViperBots report to Robot Room
07:30 am – Team Check in / PITs open
08:00 am to 11:00 am – Robot Inspection open
09:00 am to 11:05 am – Team Interviews
11:15 am – Driver’s Meeting
11:30 am – LUNCH
12:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
12:45 pm – Qualification Matches start
04:45 pm – Alliance Selection begins
05:15 pm – Elimination Matches begin
07:00 pm – Austin Metro Champion Final Elimination (Austin Cup)
7:30 pm – Awards Ceremony

Thank You Volunteers!  We are grateful to all FIRST volunteers, as well as, Vandegrift High School, ViperBots Friends & Family (VFF) booster club, VHS National Honor Society, area robotics clubs/teams and Sponsors/Mentors as this event would not be possible without them.  THANK YOU for giving your time and talents to support STEM and robotics!

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