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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First Meet of the Season!

The first League meet of the season took place on Saturday November 12, 2016, and it was the first ever league-based event for the Austin area and the ViperBots.  A league meet can be thought of like a smaller, competition-focused qualifier in that there are only 12-18 teams in a league and all they do is compete on the field.  There is no judging or engineering notebook review until the League Championship (this year it will be January 21st).

Normally leagues are self-governed in that between 12-18 teams get together and decide they want to cooperate and hold at least three league meets and then a Championship event.  Because of the density of teams in Austin, a number of teams and coaches have banded together to create the Austin Metro League, which is actually four leagues.  This year the league names are the suits like a card deck:  Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds.

In past years’ we were holding scrimmages in November, with the real competition starting in early December, but this year the leagues started earlier because we needed to be completed with the Championship by late January.  Fitting in four competitions meant we had to start with the first one in November.  All of the ViperBots teams were ready, even with the compressed time lines, and made a great showing!

Teams 7161 Hydra and 6299 QuadX competed in the morning in the Spades league.  Team 6210 Stryke competed in the afternoon all alone in the [lonely] Hearts league, and the rest of the ViperBots competed in the afternoon in the Diamonds league.  It was a random distribution, but four of the ViperBots still ended up in the same league together.

Morning League

The day started with ViperBot against ViperBot as teams 7161 Hydra and 6299 QuadX battled it out in a nail biter that had Hydra just edging out QuadX by 5 points!  For their third match of the day they were in an alliance together and crushed their opponents with a score of 90 to 55, with 60 of those points coming from Autonomous.  That was the highest Autonomous score of the day, with it only coming up one other time in the last match of the morning and, again QuadX in the alliance that scored it.  When all was said and done, Hydra and QuadX finished in the top 2 spots with Hydra being undefeated and QuadX only losing that first match when they went head to head!

Afternoon League

The first match of the Diamonds league had 6209 Venom dominating their opponents in a 70-0 match, followed by another ViperBot against ViperBot matchup with 4545 Ouroboros and 11503 Hyperfang taking on 4546 Snakebyte, with the win going to 4545 and 11503.  Match 5 had Venom paired up with 8424 E-Cubed from Canyon Ridge Middle School against 4546 Snakebyte with Venom and E-Cubed posting the highest score of the day for all of the leagues at 100 unpenalized points!

The only successful cap ball deployment of the entire day came in match 5 on the Hearts league with 6210 Stryke capping its center vortex in splendid fashion!  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win that match for them as their opponent eked out 15 more total points to take the win, but it was a very impressive feat.

At the end of the afternoon, in Hearts Stryke was in 7th place with 2 wins on the day.  In Diamonds we had Hyperfang in 2nd place followed by Venom in 3rd, with 4 wins each; followed in 7th place by Ouroboros with 3 wins and finally Snakebyte in 11th place with 1 one on the day.

It was a great showing for all ViperBots and all the more impressive given how early it is in the season.

Their next showing is in three weeks, on Saturday December 3rd with Diamonds and Hearts playing in the morning and Spades in the afternoon.

Come out and cheer them onto victory!

Competition season is underway!

 

The first competition of the 2016-2017 season is finally here!  The Austin Metro League Meet 1 will be held Saturday, November 12 at Four Points Middle School from 8am to 6pm.  The event is divided into a morning (8 to 1) and afternoon (1 to 6) session.  ViperBot Team 6299 Quad X and 7161 Hydra competes in the morning while Team 4545 Ouroboros, 4546 Snakebyte, 6209 Venom, 6210 Stryke and 11503 HyperFang 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 around 10:00am central for the morning session and 2:15pm for the afternoon session. Team 6299 Quad X and 7161 Hydra will be competing in the Spades League.  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.  Share with family and friends!  GO ViperBots!

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

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

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

Schedule of Events:
Morning Session – Team 6299, 7161 
7:30AM Morning Teams Arrive, Venue Set up Begins
8:15AM Pits Open, Robot Inspection Begins
10:00AM Morning Match Play Begins
1:00PM Morning Pits Close

Afternoon Session – Team 4545, 4546, 6209, 6210, 11503
11:00AM Afternoon Teams Arrive & Robot Inspection Begins
1:00PM Lunch
1:00PM Afternoon Pits Open
2:00PM Afternoon Match Play Begins
5:00PM 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, and Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them.  THANK YOU for giving your time and talents to support STEM and robotics!

We did it!

thank-youCONGRATULATIONS!

We exceeded our goal to raise $8,000.

Thanks to your generous donations and participation in the VFF Fall Fundraising Campaign, our ViperBots are on their way to a successful season.  We raised $9850 with still more to come as the corporate matching checks roll in.  The organization can now make the purchases necessary for an efficient building season.  Nearly 50% of our ViperBots families donated or solicited donations!  This is a sign that we have such committed and passionate families.  This is no surprise.

The ViperBots Friends and Family Board salutes you with a big THANK YOU!

If you didn’t get chance to give and would still like to, the fundraising website is still open and can be accessed by the Donate here button on the front page of the VFF website.

– Pam Province, VP Fundraising

 

Fall Fundraiser underway now through October 7th!

laser-cutterViperBots and parents,

Our Fall Needs Fundraising Campaign is underway now through October 7th!  Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a laser cutter for all the team’s use.

For details, go to:  http://www.viperbotsboosters.org/fundraising/fall-fundraiser/

Please share this link with friends and family!  We can’t do this without you!  It takes the commitment of each and every one to support an award-winning robotics program.  Please help us reach our goal!

ViperBots National Merit Recognition

national-merit-scholarships-programsAs parents, we witness the impact that robotics has on our students firsthand.  Not only are they engrossed in robotics, but they are more engaged with school in general.  The confidence gained from overcoming challenges in the robot room gives them the courage to tackle challenges in the classroom and push the limits of what they can do.

VFF is proud to announce that 14 ViperBots have been recognized for their academic excellence by the National Merit Scholarship Program.  These honors were based on their performance as juniors on the College Board’s 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

There are multiple ways to measure academic achievement;  however, being named a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist or Commended Student is a noteworthy accomplishment, reflecting a PSAT/NMSQT score in the top top 3 percent of the 1.6 million American students completing the exam.  VHS will honor and celebrate these students on October 28, 2016 at the final home game.  The ViperBots seniors so honored are listed below.

ALINA ALI

RYAN GALLIGHER

JOSHUA JOHNSON

TAEHYOUNG KIM

LINNEA MAY

ETHAN MCCOSKY

MORGAN NANEZ

NIDHI PANDYA

ELIZABETH PATTERSON

DILLON PIEGAT

SAVANNAH SCHMIDT

SPENCER SHARP

JOSHUA STELLING

RACHEL WILLIAMS

Source:  http://schools.leanderisd.org/users/0091/VHS%20congratulates%20our%20students%20recognized%20by%20National%20Merit.pdf

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