SVR is almost here

The local regional, Silicon Valley Regional, is just around the corner and we can not wait to play with not only all the usual great teams that attend, including teams 254, the 2011 world champions, teams 118 and 148, from Texas, who have already won the Lone Star regional together, team 233, from Florida, who made it to Finals at the world championships in St. Louis last year, along with the many other great teams who regularly grace SVR with their presence.

Here are a few more details on the event itself:

Silicon Valley FIRST Robotics Regional  (FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

  • Local event: Silicon Valley Regional competition

  • When: Fri 4/5 & Sat 4/6 (There are practice rounds on Thursday afternoon 4/4)

  • Time: 9 am to approx 5 pm

  • Agenda is here

  • FREE and open to the public!

  • Where: San Jose State University Event Center - map, directions, and parking info and  - Google map

  • Pay Parking available in SJSU garages.  Free parking can be found a long walk from the arena

  • All are welcome to come and watch high school teams from our area and beyond compete in this exciting and fast-paced game.

  • Webcast is available at The Blue Alliance

  • Match Results - Updated as the competition progresses

  • Team Standings - Updated as the competition progresses

You can come for as much or as little of it as you want.

The competition is similar to a sporting event. It is not robot wars.

It's very similar to a sports event except robots play the game!  This year's game, "Ultimate Ascent" involves shooting Frisbees into goals and climbing a tower. It requires strategy and defense. Here is a three minute long game video that describes the game.  In the qualifying matches, three teams are randomly assigned to play against three other teams, so there is both cooperation and competition involved. Each round of games involves a different mix of teams and each game lasts 2 minutes 15 seconds.

A lot of local high schools teams (with their numbers for easier identification) will be playing:

MVHS (971), LAHS (114), Gunn (192), Paly (8), Castilleja (1700), Girl Scouts (1868), to name just a few. (There are about 60 teams competing.)

Come cheer our local high school students as they demonstrate their skills in a really fun environment.

This is a great event for kids, families and anyone who wants to see the leaders of tomorrow in action.

Helpful things to know before coming:

1. Qualifying matches are from Fri morning at about 9:00 am to Saturday noon, but the schedule often slips for various reasons. - The match schedule will be posted here some time Thursday. (The link is currently broken)

2. Elimination matches start after lunch on Sat, usually at about 1 pm. The final matches are supposed to start at about 4:30 pm, but often it's later. After that is the Awards Ceremony.  The final matches are usually very exciting and fun to watch.  Attend these if you can.

3. You can visit the teams in the pits to see the robots when they're not on the field and to talk with the students. If you want to do this, you must wear close-toed shoes and safety glasses. (They'll have extra pairs of safety glasses to borrow when you go into the pits.)

4. The arena is VERY noisy with lots of loud music!  Some people enjoy using earplugs for some of the louder parts of the competition.