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!
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 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.