Madera High School’s robotics team won a championship, an award for building an impressive and exemplary robot and raked in more than $2,000 to help the youngest daughter of the school’s drama teacher as she continues to battle cancer.
The fourth annual MadTown ThrowDown, which included 30 teams from throughout the state and Texas, was an off-season competition. Put on by Madera High School’s Team 1323, which is the only local robotics team, the Friday and Saturday event included practice and matches. It will probably be the last time that the teams get to use the robots they built at the beginning of the year, said Gurtinder Chahal, captain of Team 1323.
“In January we only had six weeks to build, test and program everything and then we had worldwide competitions after. So there were three or four off-season competitions all around California and this one is the last one where we get playtime with the robots before they get retired,” said Chahal, a senior who’s been a team captain for two years.
The 2 minute and 15 second Rebound Rumble matches, where the objective is to get the robots to score as many basketballs into their hoops as possible, are played by two competing alliances on a 27 by 54 feet field. Team 1323, its practice team’s robot 1324, and Mountain View’s Spartan Robotics Team 971 formed an alliance and all three became champions of the 2012 MadTown ThrowDown competition on Saturday...