Madera’s Robotics team got off to a good start Friday in the two-day Central Valley Regional Robotics competition by being on the winning side of its first three matches. The local team is scheduled to play a total of 10 matches before this afternoon’s playoffs. The winning team will advance to the world championship of robotics in St. Louis later this month.
After the opening ceremonies, the robotics competition began when two competing alliances squared off on a 27-by-54-foot field in the Madera South High School’s West Gymnasium. Each alliance consisted of one robot from each of its three teams. With each match, the alliances changed so that in one match a team might be cooperating with a certain team but in the next match might be opposing that same team.
The robots compete to shoot as many basketballs into their hoops as they can during a 2-minute, 15-second match. The higher the hoop in which the basketball is shot, the more points the alliance receives.
The matches begin with a 15-second (hybrid) period in which the robots try to score baskets with no help from the students. For the remainder of the match, student “drivers” control their robots in their attempt to score more points...