FAIRFIELD — The Robovikes, Vanden High School’s robotics team, is preparing for competitions in Riverside and at the University of California, Davis, ranked 10th in California after a breakout year last season.
Teams are challenged to build a robot that can pass, toss, catch and shoot a 24-inch exercise ball into an 8-foot-high goal autonomously – and while under the control of human drivers, the school said. The more assists that teams can make with other robots, the more points teams receive.
Vanden’s Robotics team is now in its 14th year and has been an elective class offered to students for the past nine years. More than 30 students in grades 9-12 are on the team.
The Solano County Office of Education, Travis School District, Genentech, United Technologies Corp., Google, Fairfield-Suisun Rotary and JC Graphix are among team sponsors.
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