Over the course of the 2009 season, the team powered through to create Sadie, an innovative robot able to store up to fifteen balls by “sweeping” them up into her frame using brushes. Sadie can also extremely rapidly deposit balls into other robots’ trailers, thus gaining a significant strategic advantage. Efficient design, construction, and execution enabled the team to perform very well at both regional competitions it participated in, the UC Davis Sacramento Regional and the Silicon Valley Regional. The team also garnered the Silicon Valley Regional ‘Xerox Creativiy in Design’ – Sadie consists of 3 red push brooms, 2 black garden hoses, and a cardboard tube. The team also had the honor of attending the FRC Championship in Atlanta.
In the 2009 challenge, dubbed Lunacy, each robot is attached to a trailer and must unload as many balls as possible onto other robots’ trailers while trying to keep balls out of its own trailer.
Additionally, student leaders put together a unique, yearlong engineering curriculum for a robotics independent study course at Castilleja School. The team continued to reach out to younger students through its existing LEGO Robotics program at local elementary schools and by expanding the outreach program to work with Castilleja’s own middle school FIRST Lego League team.
Silicon Valley Regional:
We won the 2009 SVR Xerox Creativity in Design Award for our use of innovative materials on the robot. We were also the 7th seeded team!
Sacramento Regional (in Davis):
We were awarded the Website Excellence Award and were the highest ranking all girls’ team.
We also had the honor of attending the FIRST Championship in Atlanta. We were subsequently featured in Full Circle magazine.