November 25, 2013
Team 604 Quixilver had a wonderful success on November 17th, 2013 hosting the annual Quixilver Qualifier FLL tournament. Even with 24 teams present, Quixilver was able to host a very successful tournament from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and finished clean up before 6:30pm.This season’s FLL challenge is "Nature's Fury", where students build and program a robot to complete different tasks with LEGO Mindstorm NXT, including saving pets and transporting resources. Students are able to learn about different natural disasters and to explore what can be done when disasters strike. During the tournament, we displayed scores on the competition floor, so teams could keep track of their rankings, and we also had a raffle for all participants; we were happy to see the smiles on the lucky winners’ faces. One of our sponsors, Exatron, even machined three unique trophies as raffle prizes. Before the awards ceremony, we introduced four of our own FRC robots, as well as demonstrating our remodeled T-shirt cannon. It was great to see the crowd excited to catch our T-shirts! By hosting this tournament, Quixilver was able to send 10 teams to the next level of competition: the Silicon Valley Championship. Congratulations to those 10 teams, and we wish you the best of luck!Team 604 would like to thank all the members, sponsors, judges, referees, and adult volunteers who helped out, as well as Team 668, The Apes of Wrath, and Team 2643, Dark Matters -- we enjoyed working with all of you! As one of the teams, Murphy Blockheads, commented, "You were the best group of volunteers I have seen!", and we could not have had such a successful tournament without all of your help! Quixilver would also like to thank San Jose Mercury News for featuring our event on their online articles and photo gallery, helping to spread FIRST to the community. Lastly, a big thank you is in order to our mentor, Mr. Mitchell, for directing and guiding us through everything so we could have this tournament run smoothly. Team 604 looks forward to seeing you at next year's FLL tournament!