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
7172
7203
7300
7477
7802
8373
8418
8477
8565
8651
8668
8811
8815
8886
8908
9048
9829
9879
9958
10165
10345
11549
11572

Alternates
6832
9779

2:30pm CDT
Event Finals (Pemberton winner vs. Kilrain winner): 

Event Finals Round 1: 7477/7161/8908 red alliance won against the 4717/5064/7203 blue alliance 271-270

Event Finals Round 2: 7477/7161/8908 red alliance lost against the 4717/5064/7203 blue alliance 100-275

Event Finals Round 3: 7477/7161/8908 red alliance lost against the 4717/5064/7203 blue alliance 230-340

Hydra alliance is Event Finalist! Event Winner goes to 4717/5064/7203 alliance. Closing Ceremonies and Awards up next.

1:30pm CDT
Pemberton Division Finals: 

Pemberton Finals Round 1: 7477/7161/8908 red alliance won against the 8373/7079/10337 blue alliance – 315-165

Pemberton Finals Round 2: 7477/7161/8908 red alliance won against the 8373/7079/10337 blue alliance – 225 – 210

The Hydra alliance of 7477/7161/8908 moves on to Event Finals! Here the Pemberton Division winner will compete against the Kilrain Division winner.

Kilrain Division Finals: 

Kilrain Finals 1: 4717/5064/7203 red alliance won against the 8886/3486/7300 blue alliance (need score)

Kilrain Finals 2: 4717/5064/7203 red alliance won against the 8886/3486/7300 blue alliance 235-150

12:30pm CDT
Pemberton Division Elimination Rounds: 

Semi-Finals 1-1, the 7477/7161/8908 red alliance won against the 8565/9048/731 blue alliance 190-55

Semi-Finals 2-1, the 11549/10345/6299 red alliance lost against the 8373/7079/10337 blue alliance 105-175

Semi-Finals 1-2, the 7477/7161/8908 red alliance won against the 8565/9048/731 blue alliance 225-155

In Semi-Finals 2-2, the  11549/10346/6299 red alliance lost against the 8373/7079/10337 blue alliance 225-230

Hydra moves on to the Pemberton Division Finals!

10:40am CDT
Pemberton Division Alliance Selections: 

Alliance 1: 7477 Super 7 (Team Captain), 7161 Hydra (First Pick), 8908 Robo Mojo (Second Pick)

Alliance 2: 11549 Rhomans (Team Captain), 10345 Royal Blue (First Pick), 6299 QuadX (Second Pick)

Alliance 3: 8373 Diva Force (Team Captain), 7079 Faltech (First Pick), 10337 Dark Matter (Second Pick)

Alliance 4: 8565 TechnicBots (Team Captain), 9048 PhiloBots (First Pick), 731 Wannabee Strange (Second Pick)

 

Kilrain Division Alliance Selections: 

Alliance 1: 4717 Mechromancers (Team Captain), 5064 Aperture Science (First Pick),  7203 KNO3 (Second Pick)

Alliance 2: 8886 Saber Robotics (Team Captain),  3486 Techno Warriors Advanced (First Pick),  7300 Guzzoline Robotics (Second Pick)

Alliance 3: 9829 MAKbots (Team Captain),  7172 Technical Difficulties (First Pick),  6433 Neutrinos (Second Pick)

Alliance 4: 8477 4-H Rohming Robots (Team Captain),  7842 Browncoats (First Pick),  8609 Blue Crew, Too (Second Pick)

The Elimination Rounds will begin at 12:30pm CDT.

10:15am CDT
Qualifying matches are over! The Pemberton Division rankings for ViperBots are as follows: Hydra 6th, Venom 21st and QuadX 22nd!

Alliance selections are underway. Stay tuned!

7:30am CDT
Day 2 has begun at the Classic Center in Athens, GA.  The Finals will start at 12:30pm CDT and Closing Ceremonies including Awards will begin at 3:30pm CDT. Today is a new day. Good luck teams!


March 24, 2017 — UPDATES 

6pm CDT
Match play will resume tomorrow at 7:30am CDT. Day 1 is now in the books. It was a tough day for ViperBots with lots of ups and downs. The teams completed 6 matches and will play the remaining 3 tomorrow.  The ViperBots rankings in Pemberton Division are as follows (out of 36 teams):

  • Hydra 14th with 4 wins/2 losses
  • Venom 25th with 2 wins/3 losses/1 tie
  • QuadX 27th with 2 wins/4 losses

View a full listing of Pemberton Rankings and Kilrain Rankings.

1pm CDT
QuadX is up now with 7826 as alliance partners in blue and 327 & 3846 as opponents on red.

Venom and Hydra lost match 15 180-110 even though they narrowly capped and their opponent didn’t. The other alliance scored more balls in the center vortex and changed more beacons.

12:30pm CDT
Teams are back from lunch break. First up is a Texas two-step with Venom and Hydra as alliance partners in Pemberton Division Match 15.

11:20am CDT
Match play has stopped for a lunch break. So far the ViperBots teams have each played one match each with Venom and Hydra winning their matches and QuadX narrowly losing theirs by 5 points.

11am CDT
Match schedules have been uploaded to ftcscores.com. All ViperBots teams are in the Pemberton Division with their individual schedules posted below. The Velocity Vortex game play will begin shortly.

6209 Venom Match Schedule: 

 

 

 

 

 

6299 QuadX Match Schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

7161 Hydra Match Schedule:

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Austin Metro League Championship | Saturday, January 21

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 => https://ftcscores.com

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!

Austin Metro League Meet 2

The Austin Metro League Meet 2 will be held Saturday, December 3 at Westridge Middle School from 8am to 6pm.  The event is divided into a morning (8 to 1) and afternoon (11 to 6) session.  ViperBot Team 4545 Ouroboros, 4546 Snakebyte, 6209 Venom, 6210 Stryke and 11503 HyperFang competes in the morning while Team 6299 Quad X and 7161 Hydra starts in the afternoon.  The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams will be playing this year’s game, “Velocity Vortex.”

Morning match play will take place at 10:00am.  Afternoon match play will begin at 2:00pm.  The public, parents, family and friends of ViperBots and participating teams are invited to support and cheer on the robotics teams at this event.

Keep up with scores online, ViperBots!  Those who cannot cheer on the ViperBot teams in person, may keep up with scores online.  Tune in between 10am to 1pm central for the morning session and 2pm to 5pm for the afternoon session.  Team 4545 Ouroboros, 4546 Snakebyte, 6209 Venom and 11503 HyperFang will be competing in the Diamonds League.  Team 6210 Stryke will be competing in the Hearts League.   Team 6299 Quad X and 7161 Hydra will be competing in the Spades League.  We don’t have any ViperBots teams in the Clubs League, but be share to check out their scores as well.  Share with family and friends!  GO ViperBots!

Check Diamonds League scores 4545, 4546, 6209 & 11503 here => https://diamonds2.ftcscores.com

Check Hearts League scores for 6210 here => https://hearts2.ftcscores.com

Check Spades League scores for 6299 & 7161 here => https://spades2.ftcscores.com

Check Clubs League scores here => https://clubs2.ftcscores.com

Schedule of Events:

Morning Session – Team 4545, 4546, 6209, 6210, 11503 
8:00AM Morning League Set up, Set up Crew Check in
8:00AM Morning Check in, Pits Open
8:00AM Morning Inspection Begins
9:40AM Morning Inspection Done
9:45AM Morning Driver Meeting
9:55AM Morning Opening Ceremony
10:00AM Morning Match Play Begins
1:00PM Morning Match Play Ends
1:10PM Morning Pits Close

LUNCH BREAK from 1 to 2pm

Afternoon Session – Team 6299, 7161
11:00AM Afternoon “Early” Inspection Begins, “Early” Check in Starts
12:00PM Afternoon Check in, Inspection Begins,
1:10PM Afternoon Pits Open
1:40PM Afternoon Inspection Done
1:45PM Afternoon Driver Meeting
1:55PM Afternoon Opening Ceremony
2:00PM Afternoon Match Play Begins
5:00PM Afternoon Match Play Ends, Pits Close, Clean up Starts
6:00PM Clean up Complete

**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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