Rolling Robots’ VEX Robotics Team 7700B won the Excellence Award at the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship Middle School Division which took place on April 15-18 in Louisville, Kentucky. 150 teams from 27 countries participated (including 90 teams from the USA). Team 7700B ranked second in Programming Skills in the world, that is #1 among all US teams. Team 7700B has 10 members from five local Southbay schools who have all been members of the Rolling Robots’ Robotics Afterschool Program for the past three years.
This is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded 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 robot and being a "team" committed to quality in everything that they do. To be eligible for the Excellence Award at the World Championship, teams/clubs must have submitted at least two different online challenges during the current year. Teams/clubs must also sign up for both the Excellence Award and Design Award Presentations. Only teams that have won an Excellence Award at a Local, Regional, or National event prior to April 1st are eligible to be interviewed.
Details of awards: World Champions
This has been a long season with lots of hard work. The team started building their robot in May 2014 and had their first competition at the International Summer Games in Hawaii on July 10, 2014. At the summer games the team made it to Semi-finals and won the Judges award; they were the only middle school team to win an award of any kind.
8 tournaments and 10 Awards later, 7700B was at the California State Championship. Winning the Design Award and placing first in Programming Skills. It was a great result but it did not qualify the team for Worlds.
Their last chance to qualify for Worlds was at the Head Royce Skills Challenge, so we drove all night to Oakland, ran our programming skills and scored a 38 point ranking. Then, the new #1 middle school in the world celebrated all-too-briefly before driving home; 12 hours on the road for one minute of all-important glory.
At Worlds the team won 8 out of 10 matches, took second place in Programming Skills, and ranked 16 in Driver Skills, making it to the semi-finals of the tournament in the process.
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