Team Shellshock at BattleBots
Team Shellshock at BattleBots 2019

Rolling Robots' BattleBots Team is one of a select few High School teams that made it onto the 2019 BattleBots TV show on the Discovery Channel! (Season 4, Episode 7).

Congratulations to all our team members - Steven Davis, Anderson Sutandinata, Trevor Heise, Michael Huang, and Sean Stassi!

These tech genius have been building and coding robots for many years by taking Rolling Robots workshops and participating in robotics competitions such as the VEX Robotics and FIRST Robotics competitions, as well as ROGOGAMES.

Think you have what it takes to be a BattleBots champion? Here's how to get started the Rolling Robots way:

1) First, start off with our Robots Rock workshop to learn the basics of Robot Building:

Robots Rock Summer Camp

Young girl at Rolling Robots showing off her robot
Robots Rock summer camp student showing off the robot she built

2) Next, advance to our Battle Robot Building camp to learn how build and compete with a real battlebot:

Battle Robot Building Summer Camp

If you don't have time to join us this summer, consider joining the afterschool membership program during the school year.

Rolling Robots Membership Options

Many of our students are excited to participate in a robotics competition team as early as 4th Grade.

3) Win some competitive events with us:

Sumobot Competition Winners
Anderson was the champion at ROBOGAMES as a 5th Grader

VEX World Champions
Anderson, Steven, and Michael at the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship

4) In the process of building robots for competition, students will learn hands-on skills by using industrial tools and apply their knowledge towards building actual robots.

Student working on a milling machine

5) When you have completed all of the above, you could be invited to be on our heavyweight BattleBots team!

Team Fixing Shellshock
The team working on Shellshock

7700Y Advances to Vex Worlds

This tournament season, Rolling Robots sent 11 teams to the 2019 Vex Robotics California State Championship. Our amazing teams knocked it out of the ballpark again, taking home 3 awards, including the highest honor given, the Excellence Award, qualifying them for the World Championship!

Our new T-shirt designed for the State Championship.

Team 7700A from Glendale takes home the Build Award

Team 7700A had a great showing in the qualification rounds and ending up ranked 5th with a 4-2-1 record. They made it all the way to the Semi-Finals before being eliminated. This was not the end for them, however, as they won the Build Award for having a robot with exceptional build quality.

Team 7700A wins the Build Award at the 2019 California State Championship.

Team 7700E wins the Judges Award

Team 7700E showed up with high hopes after completing the last regular season tournament undefeated. Unfortunately, they were eliminated prematurely in the qualification rounds. Feeling somewhat discouraged, the team got on the road back to Los Angeles but received some surprise good news on the way home: they had won the Judges Award as the favorite team of the technical judges! So they didn't go home empty handed after all and everybody's mood was instantly improved.

All-in-all our trip to Bakersfield was a success. We came home with each team winning a State Championship Award.

The following day we were in Los Angeles for the continuation of the State Championships. At this event we had the 7700Y team competing at the VRC level and the Elementary teams 7700J, 7700P, and 7700V, competing on the VEX IQ side.

7700Y Wins the Highest Award

Our 7700Y team had been working hard all year with the goal of getting to the world championship by winning the Excellence Award at State. The Excellence Award is extremely prestigious and is described by the REC Foundation as follows:

The "Excellence" award is given to the overall top team. It is the highest honor given out in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. As a strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for building a quality robotics program and a "team" committed to quality in everything that they do.

We are extremely proud of Team 7700Y and all our other teams for their stunning accomplishments. We consider them to be shining examples of what every team should aspire to be and we wish them continued success at the upcoming VEX World Championship. Stay tuned for more news from Rolling Robots in the near future as our teams make preparations for the challenges ahead.

A year of hard work pays off! Team 7700Y wins the Excellence Award

Vex Turning Point

The new VEX Robotics Season is on. The new challenge was revealed at VEX Worlds 2018:

New robot designs were revealed in June:

The Robots shown in the video were part of our Robot In 3 Days project. Each year at the start of the season we gather up some of the best in VEX Robotics to build a robot that can play the new game. This year we had team 2131 from Utah and World Championship Excellence Award winner for 2018, 6007X Quantum Flux World Championship Division Champion 2017 and 7700R World Championship Division Champion 2017. The teams worked from Friday morning 6am through Sunday 11pm with short breaks for food and sleep.

The team built 2 robots this year one using the new V5 system and one with the legacy Cortex and 393 motors. We produced a documentary video of the event.

Soon it was time for the first event. Here is a video of the first event the Poway Robot Rodeo

We had 3 teams attend this event. Being the first event there were not many teams ready to play. There were only 14 teams at the event. Rolling Robots had the only 2 middle school teams at this high school event.

Our teams were also barely ready to play. The robots had just been completed in the past week and the teams had a day or two for practice. It was great to see the teams improve through the day. By the end of the tournament teams were playing each part of the game and scoring points in all ways. 7700Y was one of the only robots that could score in each possible way the game allowed. They had a very effective ball shooter that would consistently win the autonomous bonus points.

At the end of the day we had 6007R in the quarter finals, 7700Y and 7700C formed an alliance and made it to the semi finals.

VEX team
Here are our first 3 teams to compete this year. 6007R, 7700C, 7700Y

Next event is the OC Beckman Robot Bonanaza September 15, 2018