Robotics Team Ranks High in Region

Congratulations to Hart's Team Chrome robotics team for winning an impressive fourth-place ranking out of 48 wildly competitive teams in the East Bay.

Team Chrome competed last weekend in the East Bay First LEGO League Robotics Championships held at Newark Memorial High School.

Team Chrome scraped by in last place at a qualifying competition, so the team went into the regionals determined to improve its rankings. It wasn't easym as the 48 best teams from the entire region showed up to compete.

Newark Memorial High School was bustling from the early-morning start of the competition and throughout the entire day as the Northern California East Bay Championship got underway. Each team set up an information booth and practice table. Teams had to present their research project, teamwork strategies and robot design to a panel of judges. Each team also had to compete in four rounds of robot competition under the lights and cameras in the main gym.

After the first round, Team Chrome was in 23rd place. This year's challenge is Food Factor: Keeping Food Safe, so each robot must complete a food-related task, such as shifting groceries, harvesting corn, removing rodents or sterilizing bacteria.

Team Chrome continued to do well a the day progressed, breaking into sixth place at the end of the second round and 10th place at the end of the third round. Team Chrome ended the day with an overall score of 171 points (out of 200), landing the team solidly in fourth place.

It was the final competition of the season for this region. It was a long long day, but everyone worked together extremely well. Special thanks to all the volunteers, referees, judges and organizers for a fantastic experience. Finally, Team Chrome would like to share its experience with other Hart students interested in robotics, so we are planning some after-school activities. Stay tuned.

Team Chrome:
Brian Chan
Johnathan Lee
David Hong
Rob Harries
Austin Shaw
Jose Verduga
Josh Pineda

Posted Friday, Jan. 27, 2012