Robotics Team Going to World Competition

The Foothill Robotics Team has done well enough at regional competitions to secure the team a spot at the Vex Robotics World Championship in the spring.

Foothill's robotics club has become so popular that the group has been broken down into three separate teams to ensure that everyone gets hands-on experience in building and working with robotics. The four teams are 1000A, 1000B and 1000C.

At a regional competition held at Merrill F. West High School in Tracy on Oct. 30, Team 1000C won first place to qualify for the world championship to be held in the spring at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Team 1000B won second place at regionals.

Each year, Vex Robotics creates a unique challenge for robotics teams around the world. This year's task is to build a robot that can pick up plastic rings, 7 inches in diameter, and compete with other robots to fit the most rings over movable goalposts.

Foothill Robotics
Abishek Akella (co-captain)
Wenson Hsieh (co-captain)
Jerry Cheng
Mark Chen
Abhinav Kalakuntla
James Ding
Christopher Herz

Abheek Chanana (co-captain)
Varun Sharma (co-captain)
Justin So
Kevin Zhang
Sharon Chung
Amatya Taran
Ajay Krish

Vikram Sreekanti (captain)
Ayesha Omarali
Rayed Khan
Omid Abrashamchian
Gaurang Patel
Parth Patel
Leo Kam

Click here for more info about Foothill robotics.

PHOTOS from top
1. Team 1000B with trophy: (left to right) Kevin Zhang, Amatya Taran, Ajay Krish, Varun Sharma, Abheek Chanana and Justin So
2. Team 1000C with trophy & robot: (left to right) Ayesha Zarah Omarali, Rayed Khan, Omid Abrashamchian, Vikram Sreekanti and Leo Ka
3. Abishek Akella tests the robot with the ring used in the competition.
4. Rayed Khan (right) and Vikram Sreekanti review the robot before the second round of competition.

Posted Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010