The 2017-2018 VRC game for this year is “In The Zone.” This year, teams will compete to move their mobile goals into the highest-scoring zones and also to build the tallest stacks they can by placing cones on top of each other on mobile and stationary goals. This year promise plenty of exciting play as teams fight over “highest stack” bonuses and try not to let their stacks fall over!
The Campo Verde Lemon Bots 127C team won the State Championship on March 4th as the first seed alliance, and was the only team undefeated in qualifications. Although the team suffered from a short-circuited motor in eliminations, shrewd strategic decisions ultimately allowed the team to clinch the championship title. The team also won the Excellence Award, thus double qualifying for the World Championship in Louisville, which they are excited to attend. This victory represents the Lemon Bots’ fourth consecutive state championship title and sixth consecutive world championship qualification.
The new game for VEX Robotics Competition this year is Starstruck. In this challenge, teams will have to find the best way to volley large stars and cubes back and forth in order to inundate their opponents and claim victory. This promises to be an exciting game all the way from start to finish!
The Lemon Bots’ 127A team became Arizona’s winningest team this season, with 6 Tournament Champion titles in Nothing But Net. The team’s win on Saturday, alongside first-seed alliance captain 5090A and second-pick 8235 was made sweeter by an alliance score of 361 with 5090A, the 16th highest in the world and the highest ever in the state, and the reception of the Sportsmanship award.
The synergy between 5090A, a heavy but accurate full-court shooter, and 127A, the fastest robot at the tournament and an adept field scorer, was ultimately unmatched by any alliances in eliminations. 127A’s speed allowed it to not only hoard balls in the protected area near the alliance’s home tiles, but to also feed 5090A’s shooter while sweeping balls in the field to shoot on its own.
The Lemon Bots are looking forward to expanding their team next year, with the help of sponsors.
The Campo Verde Lemon Bots have once again asserted themselves as a top team in the state, being named Tournament Champion for the third year in a row. 127A was the first pick of the second seeded 4146V. The alliance was rounded off by the strong second pick of 6323C. In Quarterfinals, 127A and 6323C achieved the highest score of the tournament, 270 points. The alliance went on to remain undefeated in Elimination rounds, with 127A staying in for every match as a field scorer and 4146V and 6323C alternating as full-court shooters.
Also of note was ALBA’s victory in the VEX U (college) division over BUFF, who holds the top Robot Skills score in the world. ALBA consists of a former Lemon Bot, Jacob Knaup, and a former Team Automata (2114A) member, Cole Brauer.
Committed to outreach, both Lemon Bots sub-teams volunteered at Auxier Elementary School’s STEM night to wow the engineers and intellectuals of tomorrow and encourage passion toward STEM. 127A was a common sight around the halls and the cafeteria throughout the night, and students got a chance to drive the Lemon Bots’ demo bot.