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SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season

Club president and programming lead Ryan Zhang summarizes the rules regarding the autonomous and driver-controlled periods to the rest of the programming team.

If you walk into Mr. Thrasher’s room after school on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you’ll see how it’s transformed into a haven for robotics. There’s the build team excitedly working on their competition robots, the programming team coding the robot to run autonomously and the business team filling out grants and updating social media. 

Mateobotics is SMHS’s robotics team. The team competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge, a global robotics competition in which teams build robots that compete against each other in an annual game challenge. The tasks in the game challenge vary from year to year, but they always include an autonomous period and driver-controlled period. This year, the game is called Skystone and is sponsored by Star Wars Force for Change, a Star Wars-themed charity program run by The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm. The main part of the challenge is to stack large plastic blocks on top of each other to build the tallest tower. 

The team started in 2017 after a few seniors wanted to revive the robotics team that had stopped meeting a few years prior. That first year is when current senior, Ryan Zhang got involved with the team. “I started out just helping at code after school. Then, my brother Kyle convinced me to join. I ended up really enjoying it, so I stayed,” explains Zhang. Now, he’s the president and programming lead of the team.

The team spent most of the first year working out administrative details and training the new club members. They also worked on code for a completely driver-operated robot. The following year, the team worked on autonomous code, built a more advanced robot and even attended their first competition. “My favorite memory from robotics was driving a van full of freshmen to Napa at 6:30am,” Ms. Zenilman, Mateobotics faculty advisor, says jokingly. The team attended the Napa Qualifying tournament in early February. Despite not qualifying to the Regional Championships, the team was able to gain experience in the competitive environment where they played in matches with other robotics teams and shared their work with judges through judging presentations and interviews. 

This year, the team hopes to compete and build a strong robot with code for both the autonomous and driver-operated periods. They also hope to compete in the Burlingame Qualifier on November 24th where they will vie for a spot in the Northern California Regional Championships by competing against 27 other teams from Northern California. If you’re interested in joining Mateobotics, come by their meetings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in C114 from after school till 5 pm.

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