Upcoming: Silicon Valley Regional

Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done at our Davis Regional two weeks ago. It was great to see the team work together and become successful.

Our next competition is fast approaching! On April 4th and 5th we will be competing at the Silicon Valley Regional at San Jose State University. At this regional we will watch teams from all around the bay area compete. We have been working hard to make modifications to our robot and strategies and are eager to see if they will hold up in competition. We will be competing with approximately 60 other teams, each with their own way of tackling the game.

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a free webcast available at Robotics.NASA.gov for those of you who can't make the event and would like to watch the games live. For more information, see below or feel free to contact us!

Silicon Valley Regional competition Event details

  • When: Fri 4/4 & Sat 4/5 (There are practice rounds on Thursday afternoon 4/3 until 4:30)
  • 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.  There is usually more early on Saturday.
  • 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 Robotics.NASA.Gov
  • Match Results - Updated as the competition progresses - not available until the competition starts
  • Team Standings - Updated as the competition progresses - not available until the competition starts

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, AERIAL ASSIST, is played by two Alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete with a 24" exercise ball by trying to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field.  It requires strategy and defense. More information about the game including a game video can be found here.

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 30 seconds.

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 until the competition starts)

 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 closed-toe shoes and safety glasses. (They'll have extra pairs of safety glasses to borrow when you go into the pits.)

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