ViperBots take Silver at UIL

The Vandegrift ViperBots sent three teams to the UIL State Championships in the 5A-6A division to compete on May 19, 2017.  ViperBots Venom – 6209, looking for a repeat UIL State Championship crown, was joined by QuadX – 6299 and Hydra – 7161.  The competition consisted of qualification rounds, where each team competed independently with randomly chosen partners and then the top 4 teams choose their alliance partners for the Finals rounds.  Hydra and QuadX finished in first and third place, respectively, and Hydra’s first choice for an alliance partner was QuadX.  When it was Hydra’s turn to choose their second alliance partner, they snatched up Venom to make it an all Vandegrift alliance!  LISD was spectacularly represented with a total of four teams making it to the Finals rounds!

The FIRST Tech Challenge game consists of a 30-second autonomous period where the robots have to achieve certain goals and score points completely on their own, without any human interaction.  This tests the capabilities of the software programmers and how well they use and program the various sensors and motors and servos on their robots.  After that 30-second period there is a 2-minute driver controlled period, where the teams actively pilot their robots around the field, doing more scoring on offense, and playing defense to prevent their opponents from scoring their achievements.  For the final 30-seconds of the driver controlled period are “extra credit” achievements whereby the drivers can make decisions on just what they will do to maximize their scores.  In this year’s game, Velocity Vortex, the robots end-game achievement includes lifting an exercise ball 21″ in diameter off the ground, with different scoring based on how high they can lift it.  This “cap ball” can then be placed on top of the center scoring area, or vortex, for a maximum score potential.

The juggernaut ViperBot alliance cruised through their Semi-Finals winning the first two out of three matches, and then awaited their challengers for the Finals.  With a three-team alliance, only two robots can be on the field at a time, but it’s a requirement that the first two matches must have all three teams in any combination.  After the first two matches, the alliances are free to choose whichever two teams they wish, and this can be based on robot capabilities with the particular game or if a robot is experiencing technical difficulties, etc.  The alliance that is the higher seed has one advantage in the Semi-Finals and Finals matches — they can set their robots on the field last.  Once the lower-seeded teams place their robots on the field, they cannot change positions.  This gives the higher-seeded alliance the opportunity to size up just which teams their competition is putting on the field, and where they are placing them, so they make their own selections based on either offense or defense.

The first Finals match pitted Hydra and QuadX against two of their rival alliance and in a nail-biting finish ended up in a TIE, with a score of 220 to 220!  The next match had Hydra and Venom cruising along to what seemed a classic finish until Hydra’s robot suddenly stopped moving, leaving Venom to try to close the gap in the last 45 seconds and bring home the win solo.  Unfortunately, they ended up just short, losing by only 15 points!  Down 0-1-1, Hydra had QuadX join them for a must-win match.  It was a textbook round with maximizing all of the scoring possibilities and handily beating their opponents by 55 points.

Faced with a 1-1-1 tie situation, alliance captain Hydra took advantage of their higher seed by waiting until their competitors placed their robots.  Based on the scoring capability of the other team, they decided they needed the rapid shooting capabilities of both themselves and QuadX.  The match started out with both teams in a statistical tie at the end of the autonomous period, with all four robots maximizing the scoring potential.  The driver controlled period was a dizzying spectacle with lots of particles flying around the arena as they’re shooting the whiffle balls from their robots into the center scoring areas.  When end-game hit, QuadX started to lift the cap ball, but ran into some trouble.  Their opponents handily lifted their cap-ball and placed it on top of the center vortex, while QuadX continued to struggle.  In a heart wrenching moment 5 seconds before the final buzzer, the cap-ball fell out of the mechanism and onto the floor.  QuadX raced to try to capture a final scoring component that would give them 10 more points to try to offset the 40 that their opponents got by capping, but time ran out and they were just shy of capturing that beacon.

When the scores came out, they lost the match by only 20 points!  At the end of the day, the ViperBots teams took home the Silver medal and a 2nd place UIL State Championship finish!

UIL Robotics State Championship | May 19

FIRST + UIL logos

Three ViperBots teams will be competing in the 5A/6A UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division today. ViperBots Team 6209 Venom, 6299 Quad X and 7161 Hydra will be one of 27 teams to converge upon the Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5, Friday, May 19.  The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will play the “Velocity Vortex” game from the 2016-2017 season.  Teams qualified based on their performance at the FIRST Texas Region Championship tournament.

Opening ceremonies will take place at 9 am on Friday, May 19.  The public, parents, family and friends of ViperBots and participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event.  Browse here for Austin Convention Center directions & parking. Be sure to stay around for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) as they battle it out in their FIRST Steamworks game beginning at 1pm.

Event Schedule:

THURSDAY, MAY 18TH
Setup throughout the day – come help!
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Optional Load-In & Check-In for FRC and FTC Group II (5A-6A Division)

FRIDAY, MAY 19TH
8:00 AM: Doors Open, Team Check-In – FRC (must arrive by 10:00 AM) & FTC Group II (5A-6A Division)
8:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies – 5A-6A FTC Division
9:00 AM: Qualification Matches – 5A-6A FTC Division | Practice Matches – FRC
Lunch Break
1:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies – FRC
1:30 PM: Finals – 5A-6A FTC Division | Qualification Matches – FRC
4:30 PM: Award Ceremonies – 5A-6A FTC Division
5:00 PM: Pits Close
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Optional Load-In & Check-In – FTC Group I (1A-4A Division)

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH
8:00 AM: Doors Open, Team Check-In – FRC and FTC Group I (1A-4A Division)
8:30 AM: Opening Ceremonies – FRC and 1A-4A FTC Division
9:00 AM: Qualification Matches – 1A-4A FTC Division | Qualification Matches – FRC
Lunch Break
1:30 PM: Finals – 1A-4A FTC Division | Finals – FRC
4:30 PM: Award Ceremonies – FRC and 1A-4A FTC Division
5:30 PM: Pits Close
Help with tear-down is appreciated!

Venue Information
The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street in Austin. Admission to the event is free, and spectators are welcome.

ViperBots’ QuadX wins design award at robotics world championship

Defends three-year win streak

ViperBots Quad X bring brings home prestigious design award third year in a row.
Photo Credit: Johnson Varughese

The Vandegrift ViperBots team 6299 Quad X brings home the coveted PTC Design award from the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston April 19 – 22. The award, given for industrial design principles which balance form, function and aesthetics, continues a three year winning streak by Quad X.

“A robot that just looks cool can only go so far,” said Josh Stelling, Quad X hardware lead and a VHS senior. “A great design is cemented and supported by in-depth analysis and loads of data, and it still has an overall uniqueness to it.”

The secret to Quad X’s success is really quite simple. “We’re always looking for ways to improve our robot,” said Linnea May, project manager and a VHS senior. “Knowing our hard work has paid off was really rewarding.”

The design award isn’t the only first for ViperBots.

“This was the first year that three teams from the same school made it to the World Championship and I am excited that Vandegrift was first,” said Tamany Wendel, ViperBots faculty sponsor. 4546 Snakebyte and 7161 Hydra competed at the world championship as well.

“It was both difficult and fun competing with the varying levels of teams from all over the world,” reflected Wendel. “I am incredibly proud of how hard the kids worked all year and everything they achieved here.”

Robotics competitions such as this one help prepare students for the future. In a month, May and Stelling along with 22 other ViperBots will graduate and call upon the depth of skills learned from robotics.

“Without robotics, my plans for college would be extremely different,” May said. “Not only would I not be as interested in engineering but I also wouldn’t be going in with the confidence that I can work well with a group of peers to develop a product, even if it’s no longer with my robotics team.”

ViperBots at Worlds!

April 18, 2017 — The ViperBots are heading to the  FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship Houston! ViperBots Team 4546 Snakebyte, 6299 QuadX and 7161 Hydra will be in Houston, TX for the four-day event where 127 teams from 9 countries will be competing! The event will be held Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will be playing this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex.”

Matches begin at 3pm CDT on Wednesday, April 19. The public, parents, family and friends of participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event. The 127 teams will be split between one of two Divisions – Franklin and Jemison – each comprised of two fields where matches occur. ViperBots Team 6299 and 7161 will compete in the Franklin Division while Team 4546 will compete in the Jemison Division. For a full list of teams and their associated divisions, browse to ftc-houston-team-list

Tune in to the Live Webcast! Staying home? Catch all the action and cheer on the ViperBots at Worlds by watching the LIVE webcast. Share with family and friends! GO ViperBots!

Time / Day
3pm – 5pm Wednesday
8am – 5:15pm Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday
8am – 12:30pm and 4pm – 8:30pm Saturday

Watch Franklin Division (6299 & 7161) here => https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires_franklin

Watch Jemison Division here => https://www.twitch.tv/firstinspires_jemison

Watch the Main Stream (interviews and commentary) here => https://www.firstchampionship.org/watch-live

View Scores – in real time! To view scores, just visit http://houston.worlds.pennfirst.org/ and follow the instructions provided.

Schedule of Events (CDT):

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Early Bird Check In

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6:00 AM – 5:30 PM Pits Open
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM FIRST Tech Challenge Team Registration
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Scheduled Judges Interviews, Scheduled Robot Inspection
1:00 PM – 2.00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Driver’s Meeting
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches (Jemison and Franklin)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:45 PM Pits Open
8:00 AM – 12:00 AM FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches (Jemison 8-11, Franklin 8-12)
11: 00 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch – (Jemison 11-1, Franklin 12-2)
1:00 PM – 5:15 PM FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches (Jemison 1-5:15, Franklin 2-5:15)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM FIRST Championship Welcome Party Presented by NRG at Discovery Green

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tiara Friday
7:00 AM – 5:30 PM Pits Open
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Coach and Mentor Celebration
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches (Jemison 8-11, Franklin 8-12)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch – (Jemison 11-1, Franklin 12-2)
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM FIRST Tech Challenge Qualification Matches (Jemison 1-5, Franklin 2-5)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Suspender Saturday
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM Pits Open
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Alliance Selections
9:15 AM – 10:15 PM FIRST Tech Challenge Division Semi Finals
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Awards Ceremony
12:30 PM – 3:00 PM Load Out
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM Division Finals, Final Matches, Closing Ceremonies at Minute Maid Stadium
Note: All times are subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of matches. See Pit Administration for updated times.

Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @FTCViperBots http://twitter.com/FTCViperBots. Point your family & friends here for ViperBot LIVE stream links, updates and match results.  Attending parents, please tweet 4546, 6299 & 7161 info and results by tagging us @FTCViperBots.  Join the #FIRSTChamp conversation and help #makeitloud because #FIRSTinspires your team’s #STEMSquad!

VFF Website
Check our website http://www.viperbotsboosters.org for nightly updates during Worlds.

Thank You Volunteers!  We are grateful to all FIRST volunteers, as well as, ViperBots Friends & Family (VFF) booster club, and Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them.  THANK YOU for giving your time and talents to support STEM and robotics!

ViperBots 7161 Hydra and 6299 QuadX advance to FTC Worlds! 

Three Vandegrift ViperBots teams — (L-R) 7161 Hydra, 6209 Venom and 6299 QuadX — competed March 23-25 at the FIRST Tech Challenge South Super-Regional Championship in Athens, Ga. Photo by Johnson Varughese

The Vandegrift ViperBots sent three teams — 6209 Venom, 6299 QuadX and 7161 Hydra — to the FIRST Tech Challenge South Super-Regional Championship at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. on March 23-25. Hydra and QuadX advance to the FTC World Championship competition in Houston April 19-22.

Since the 2011-2012 school year, this year marks the sixth consecutive year the ViperBots have sent one to two teams to the FTC World Championships.

Last week 72 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia were vying for one of 36 spots to the FTC World Championship.

“This competition was easily the hardest we’ve ever been to,” said Linnea May, QuadX project manager and a senior with four years in robotics under her belt. “I’m really proud of how the ViperBots worked with what we had and how well we represented Vandegrift and the FTC Alamo Region.”

FTC competitions consist of a subjective component (judging for award categories) and an objective component (robot performance on the field in competition). Of the 36 teams advancing to worlds, half will advance through winning an award and half will advance based on robot performance on the field.

QuadX captured the prestigious PTC Design Award at Super-Regionals which represents industrial design at its best, striking a balance between form, function and aesthetics.

Joining QuadX at worlds this year will be Hydra, advancing by way of their robot performance as the second seed, Finalist Alliance, for the entire event through the elimination and final rounds.

“I’m so proud of our team for all that we’ve accomplished this year,” said senior Dana Faist, Hydra project manager. “There’s definitely been some struggles but we were able to overcome them and perform our best. We are all so excited to be going to worlds this year.”

Awards:

7161 Hydra
Finalist Alliance First Pick

6299 QuadX
PTC Design Award Winner

ViperBots Compete at South Super-Regionals | March 23-25

 

 


March 22, 2017 — The FTC South-Super Regional Championship matches are just one day away! ViperBot Team 6209 Venom, 6299 QuadX and 7161 Hydra are in Athens, GA for the 3-day event. They will be just one of seventy-two teams from eleven south-eastern states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia, vying for thirty-six spots to the FTC World Championship Houston in April! That’s thirteen more spots than last year! The event will begin on Thursday, March 23 and run through Saturday, March 25 at the Classic Center.  The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will be playing this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex.”

Opening ceremonies will take place at 10:00am EDT on Friday, March 24. The public, parents, family and friends of participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event. The seventy-two teams will be split between one of two Divisions – Pemberton and Kilrain – each comprised of two fields where matches occur. As fate would have it, all three ViperBots teams have ended up in the Pemberton Division. For a full list of teams and their associated division, browse to http://ftcsouth.org/divisions/

Tune in to the Live Webcast! Those not travelling to Athens need not fret! You may still catch all the action and cheer on the ViperBots at Supers by watching the LIVE webcast. Tune in around 12pm EDT on Friday and 8:30am EDT on Saturday. Share with family and friends! GO ViperBots!

Watch Pemberton Division (6209, 6299 & 7161) here => http://www.esenetworks.com/page.aspx?id=17368&page-id=127376

Watch Kilrain Division here => http://www.esenetworks.com/page.aspx?id=17368&page-id=127378

Watch the Main Stream (interviews and commentary) here => http://www.esenetworks.com/page.aspx?id=17368&page-id=127458

View Scores – in real time! To view scores, just visit FTCScores.com and follow the instructions provided.

Schedule of Events (all times Eastern Time):
Thursday, March 23, 2017 

  • 8:30 AM – Offsite Company Tours
  • 10:00 AM – Pit Load-Ins begin (Load-In occurs based on scheduled appointment, limited pit access, no setup)
  • 2:00 PM – Pits Open to all teams, Pit setup begins
  • 3:00 PM – Judging & Inspections
  • 7:30 PM – Pits Close
  • Evening On Your Own

Friday, March 24, 2017 

  • 8:00 AM – Pits Open to all teams
  • 8:30 AM – Inspections Continue
  • 9:30 AM – Driver Meeting
  • 10:00 AM – Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:00 AM – Qualifying Rounds
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – Qualifying Rounds Continue
  • 7:00 PM – Pits Close
  • 7:00 PM – Team Social Dinner
  • 7:30 PM – Team Social with DJ Mickey NightRain
  • 10:30 PM – Team Social Ends

Saturday, March 25, 2017 

  • 8:00 AM – Pits Open
  • 8:30 AM – Qualifying Rounds Continue
  • 11:30 AM – Alliance Selections
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – Finals
  • 4:30 PM – Closing Ceremonies
  • 6:00 PM – Field Area Closes
  • 7:00 PM – Pits Close

**Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. See Pit Administration table for updated times.

Thank You Volunteers!  We are grateful to all FIRST volunteers, as well as, ViperBots Friends & Family (VFF) booster club, and Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them.  THANK YOU for giving your time and talents to support STEM and robotics!


March 25, 2017 — UPDATES

3:30pm CDT
Closing Ceremonies and Awards:

Judges Award
6832 Iron Reign, Dallas, TX

Compass Award
Winner – Paul Stewart, Submitted by 8651 Wait for It, Pearl, MS

Promote Award
Winner – 10068 Duck-Ties & Zip-Tape, Canton, GA

Control Award
3rd – 6566 Circuit Breakers, Aledo, TX
2nd – 8373 Diva Force, Sprindale, AR
Winner – 7477 Super 7, Oviedo, FL

Motivate Award
3rd – 5795 Back to the Drawing Board, Greensboro, NC
2nd – 9829 MAKbots, San Antonio, TX
Winner – 4962 Rockettes, Oklahoma City, OK

PTC Design Award
3rd – 4717 Mechromancers, Oviedo, FL
2nd – 8668 Error 404 – Team Name Not Found, Houston, TX
Winner – 6299 QuadX – Austin, TX

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
3rd – 7172 Technical Difficulties, Plano, TX
2nd – 4717 Mechromancers, Oviedo, FL
Winner – 5795 Back to the Drawing Board, Greensboro, NC

Connect Award
3rd – 7477 Super 7, Oviedo, FL
2nd – 4962 Rockettes, Oklahoma City, OK
Winner – 9879 Root Negative One, Springdale, AR

Think Award
3rd – 8668 Error 404 – Team Name Not Found, Houston, TX
2nd – 4962 Rockettes, Oklahoma City, OK
Winner – 11572 Mouse Spit, Tulsa, OK

Finalist Alliance
Alliance Captain: 7477 Super 7, Oviedo, FL
First Pick: 7161 Hydra, Austin, TX
Second Pick: 8908 Robo Mojo, Punta Gorda, FL

Winning Alliance
Alliance Captain: 4717 Mechromancers, Oviedo, FL
First Pick: 5064 Aperture Science, Elon, NC
Second Pick: 7203 KNO3, Tampa, FL

Inspire Award
3rd – 9048 Philobots, Austin, TX
2nd – 5795 Back to the Drawing Board, Greensboro, NC
Winner – 4717 Mechromancers, Oviedo, FL

Advancing Teams to World Championship Houston
731
3486
4717
4962
5064
5795
6299
6566
6990
7083
7161
(more…)

Now Accepting ViperBots New Member Applications for 2017-2018!

2017 – 2018 ViperBots Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Vandegrift High School ViperBots Robotics program.  There will be an Informational Parent meeting for prospective members at 6:00 pm on Wed, 3/29/2017 in the Vandegrift High School (VHS) Lecture Hall.  Applying for ViperBots is a 3-step process that includes entering your contact information, submitting an application, and getting a recommendation.

All three parts must be completed by 4:00 on 3/31/2017 for your application to be considered.

Step 1 – Contact Information

Please go to https://goo.gl/Fo5TRM and fill out the contact information form.

Please fill out all information and check for accuracy.  You will be notified by email based on the information submitted on this form.

Step 2 – Fill out the Application

Please go to 2017-2018 Viperbots Application_NEW to download the application PDF.

Please answer all parts to the best of your knowledge. When finished, you can hand deliver your application to Mr. Allen in Room 1620 or Mrs. Wendel in Room 1614.

If you like, you can email your complete application to irad.allen@leanderisd.org

Please do not leave applications at the VHS front office.

All applications must be received by 4:00 pm on 3/31/2017.

Step 3 – Recommendation

All new applicants must have a recommendation.

Please send the link below to your recommender based on the following criteria:

FTC Experience (MS, HS):                                must be from your FTC Head Coach/Sponsor
Middle School Gateway Applicant:            must be from your Gateway Teacher
High School w/ STEM coursework:            must be from any of your STEM Teachers
No FTC, Gateway, or STEM experience:  can be from any teacher that it is familiar with you.

Applicants with previous FTC Participation, send this link to your coach, https://goo.gl/V86AG1

All other applicants, send this link to the appropriate teacher, https://goo.gl/5gm4MG

For questions regarding ViperBots or the applications process, please contact irad.allen@leanderisd.org or Tamany Wendel at tamany.wendel@leanderisd.org

Posted 3/3/17

Alamo FTC Regional Championship | February 23-25

 

ViperBots advance three teams to FIRST Tech Challenge South Super-Regionals

February 25, 2017 — After two full days of robotics competition at the Alamo First Tech Challenge (FTC) Regionals in San Antonio this past weekend, Vandegrift ViperBots robotics teams QuadX (6299), Venom (6209) and Hydra (7161) advance to the First Tech Challenge South Super Regionals to be held in Athens, Georgia March 23-25.   A total of 80 teams from Central and South Texas competed in  San Antonio, with only 13 teams advancing.

Vandegrift was highly represented, with seven teams competing in San Antonio.

“It was really exciting to see how well the kids did this weekend.  They worked very hard and showed a lot of professionalism,” said Irad Allen, Director ViperBots Robotics.  “The competition was the toughest it has ever been in the seven years I have been involved in the program.  I am really grateful for the teams moving forward and I am really proud of the work all the ViperBot teams have done.”

The teams played this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex”.  They were split between two divisions:  Naylor and Kane.

In the South Super Regionals, robotics teams will be be vying for a spot at the 2018 FTC World Championship in Houston in late April.  Last year, Vandegrift had two teams qualify and compete at the Championship competition.  

Below is a complete listing of Awards won by ViperBots at the Regionals.  For a description of each Award, browse to FIRST Award descriptions:

FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Finalist – Adam Busch, 6210 Stryke

 

 

 

 

 

4545 Ouroboros:
Kane Division Finalist Alliance Second Pick
Control Award Finalist 2
Rockwell Collins Innovate Finalist 2

 

 

4546 Snakebyte:
Naylor Division Finalist Alliance Second Pick

 

 

 

6299 QuadX:
Event Finalist Second Pick
Naylor Division Winning Alliance Second Pick
Control Award Finalist 3
PTC Design Award Finalist 2
Inspire Award Winner

 

7161 Hydra:
Kane Division Finalist Alliance Captain
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner
Think Award Finalist 2

 

 

11503 HyperFang:
Connect Award Finalist 3

 

 

 

Way to go ViperBots!

 


February 23, 2017 — The Alamo FTC Regional Championship is just a day away!  ViperBots Team 4545 Ouroboros, 4546 Snakebyte, 6209 Venom, 6210 Stryke, 6299 Quad X, 7161 Hydra and 11503 HyperFang will converge upon San Antonio on February 24 – 25 at  Veterans Memorial High School.  All told, there will be 80 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams vying for one of thirteen spots advancing them to the South Super-Regionals in Athens, GA next month.  The teams will be playing this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex.”

Opening ceremonies and match play will take place at 1pm Friday and 8am Saturday.  Competition matches will take place in the Auxiliary Gym.  The public, parents, family and friends of participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event.

Learn more about Teams in the Pit Area.  The Competition Gym 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.  Browse to this  Pit Map to find your favorite teams.  Please note: ALL are required to wear safety glasses while in the Pit area.

Teams split between two divisions – Naylor and Kane.  The matches in each division will be played on two fields.  Two fields in Naylor and two fields in Kane.  Be sure to check which division your student’s team is assigned and save seats for you and your family on the side nearest to their division to best see all the robot action.  Browse to Team Division Assignments for a complete listing of teams.

Naylor Division:
4546 Snakebyte
6209 Venom
6299 Quad X

Kane Division:
4545 Ouroboros
6210 Stryke
7161 Hydra
11503 HyperFang

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 23, 2017
5:00 – 8:30 pm: Pre-inspection

Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 am: Team Check-in and Load-in begins
8:40 am: Judging and Robot Inspection begins
11:15 am: Inspections end
12:00 pm: Judging ends
12:00 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH
1:00 pm: Opening Ceremonies & Match Play begins
5:30 pm: Match Play Ends
6:00 pm Pits Close

Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00 am: Pits Open
8:10 am Match Play continues
10:30 am: Alliance Selection
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: LUNCH
1:00 pm: Elimination Rounds
4:00 pm: Awards Ceremony
5:30: Pits Close

**Schedule subject to change. All times are estimates based on flow of rounds.

Thank You Volunteers!  We are grateful to all FIRST volunteers, as well as, ViperBots Friends & Family (VFF) booster club, Mentors and Sponsors — as this event would not be possible without them.  THANK YOU for giving your time and talents to support STEM and robotics!

All ViperBots Advance to Regionals!

ViperBots Team 4545 Ouroboros and 6209 Venom advanced to Regionals at the Alamo Region Wild Card Qualifier held in San Antonio on Saturday, February 18!  The event was the last chance for teams in the Alamo Region, covering Central and South Texas, to qualify for the Alamo Regional Championship.  Ouroboros and Venom will be joining ViperBots Team 4546 Snakebyte, 6210 Stryke, 6299 Quad X, 7161 Hydra and 11503 HyperFang, who qualified during last month’s Austin Metro League Championship, at Regionals on February 23 – 25 in San Antonio.

Ouroboros and Venom were alliance partners in the Finals, beating their opponents in two out of three rounds to clinch the Winning Alliance title. The teams swept the judging awards and took home the most prestigious award from FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), the Inspire Award.  Inspire is given to the team that best embodies the characteristics of a “model” FTC team including performance in the robot game, understanding and implementing the engineering design process, advancing STEM in the community and being an inspiration to other teams.  Ouroboros won the Inspire Award and Venom took second for that award.  Additionally, Venom won the Motivate Award for team building, spirit and enthusiasm for FIRST throughout their school and community.

Below is a complete listing of Awards won by ViperBots at the Wild Card.  For a description of each Award, browse to FIRST Award descriptions:

4545 Ouroboros:
2nd Control
2nd Motivate
3rd Design
2nd Innovate
3rd Connect
Winning Alliance Captain
Inspire Winner

6209 Venom:
1st Motivate
2nd Design
2nd Connect
2nd Think
Winning Alliance 1st pick
2nd Inspire

Alamo Region Wild Card Qualifier | Saturday, February 18

The Alamo Region Wild Card Qualifier will be held Saturday, February 18 at Brandeis High School from 8am to 6pm.  ViperBot Team 4545 Ouroboros and 6209 Venom will compete at this qualifier in hopes that they will advance to the Alamo Region Championship the following weekend.  This qualifier is the last chance teams will have to advance to regionals.  The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will be playing this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex.”

Match play will take place at 10:30am.  The public, parents, family and friends of ViperBots and participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event.

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am Team Check-in, Pits Open, Robot Inspections Begin
8:15 am Judging Begins
10:30 am Qualifying Matches
5:00 pm Awards Ceremony
5:30 pm Team Pits Close
Judging schedule coming soon.

**Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds.

Thank You Volunteers!  We are grateful to all FIRST volunteers, as well as, ViperBots Friends & Family (VFF) booster club, Mentors and Sponsors — 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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