May 2, 2014
After a long season of hard work, 604 attended the 2014 FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, MO from April 23rd-26th. This year, we were in the Galileo division along with several other California teams. Qualifying matches began on Thursday, and despite running into a few problems on Thursday and Friday night, we were able to seed 32nd out of 100 teams in our division, with a record of 6 wins and 4 losses. We would like to thank the NASA machine shop for their assistance so that we were able to repair our robot for matches on Saturday. Although we were not selected to move forward into division elimination rounds, we were still very happy with yet another successful season, and all our members and mentors had a great time. We warmly congratulate Team 27 RUSH on winning the Championship Chairman’s Award and becoming part of the Hall of Fame, as well as Team 254 Cheesy Poofs and their alliance for winning the World Championships and breaking the “Curie Curse”!
We were also lucky to meet FRC Director Frank Merrick and Dr. Woodie Flowers at the airport and were excited to be on the same flight home with our friends from Team 846 The Funky Monkeys and Team 1678 Citrus Circuits.
Congratulations to everyone on the completion of their 2014 season, and we look forward to seeing some teams at our off-season competitions!
April 21, 2014
On April 4th and 5th, we attended our second tournament of the year, the Silicon Valley Regional. After 11 qualifying matches on Friday and Saturday, we were seeded 14th and picked by the 4th alliance captain, Team 1280 The Ragin’ C-Bicuits, along with Team 100 The WildHats. We advanced to semifinals after two close quarterfinal matches. However, our alliance partner’s robot ran into some technical issues, and a back-up robot was called from Team 2489 The Insomniacs to play in our second semifinal match. Although we lost to the eventual Regional Finalists, we had a great time playing with all the teams.
We were happy to congratulate Mrs. Lane from Team 3256 WarriorBorgs for winning Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, and in addition, we were ecstatic to hear that Team 5027 Event Horizon, a rookie team we have mentored this year, won the Judges Award at their very first competition. We hope they will continue to grow stronger as a team and to be a model for future rookie teams. Congratulations to both teams!
As for 604, our safety captain received recognition for #1 in pit safety, and after two long days of competition, we were honored to receive the Silicon Valley Regional Chairman’s Award, marking our 7th RCA. As a result, we will be heading to St. Louis to compete with at the FIRST Championship event in just a few days. We will playing in the Galileo Division this year along with several other California teams.
Finally, we want to thank our sponsors, mentors, alumni, and parents. We could not be where we are today without their continued support and guidance.
March 9, 2014
Marking our first year of participation at the event, FIRST Team 604 kicked off our competition season at the 2014 San Diego Regional at the Valley View Casino Center. While initially faced with problems with shooter calibration and reliability, our team utilized our trussing abilities to our advantage, eventually seeding 8th at the end of qualification matches. We were fortunate to be on the 4th seed alliance with FIRST Team 3009, the High Scalers, and FIRST Team 3881, WHEA Robotics, and we persevered to semifinals to be defeated by the finalist alliance of FIRST Teams 987, 2485, and 3250. Ending our first day of the San Diego Regional, Quixilver auspiciously received the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. We congratulate all the teams who participated in San Diego, and look forward to competing again at the 2014 Silicon Valley Regional!
February 19, 2014
Well, here we are — Bag and Tag day! After 6 weeks of hard work, Quixilver had one final day of preparation starting at 9:30 AM. Drivers and programmers had the entire day to practice shooting, passing, catching, picking up, and self-catching before sealing the robot and preparing it for shipping to our first regional: San Diego! We celebrated with a special dinner and recognized all of our wonderful mentors for their assistance and guidance. Finally, the robot was officially bagged at 10:46 PM and members left campus for the night at 11:30 PM. We are all excited for competition, but for now, we look forward to a good night of sleep!
At long last, we present our 2014 robot: Skyhammer!
January 6, 2014
Let the games begin!
This morning, even before sunrise, Team 604 was up and ready at San Jose State University to kickoff the new season. After several weeks of toying with game hints from FIRST, the broadcast for the 2014 game was finally released, and this year’s game is called Aerial Assist!
The game is played on a 25′x 54′ carpeted field with a truss that extends 6′ above the center and spans the width of the field. Two alliances — one red, one blue — each consisting of three teams compete against each other during each match, and robots on the same alliance must work together to move a 2′ diameter exercise ball from one end of the field to the other. Then robots will shoot the ball into either one of two 11′x 3′ goals located 7′ high, or robots may roll the ball into goals located on the lower corners of the field. Each match begins with 10 seconds of autonomous competition where robots each attempt to shoot one ball and drive forward to gain extra points. After that time, human players take control and teams will earn large bonuses if they successfully pass the ball over the truss and or catch the ball thrown by another robot before it hits the ground.
After the presentation, Team 604 headed out to the courtyard to distribute the Kit of Parts to 60 FRC teams, including 8 rookie teams. This year’s distribution took under 12 minutes, a new record! We were also thankful to see many of our alumni and to have their help at kickoff and our subsequent brainstorming session back at school. We’re looking forward to a great season, and we wish everyone the best of luck!
December 23, 2013
Saturday morning, Team 604 participated in the annual Toys for Tots event at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds, helping to distribute Christmas gifts to underprivileged children, in addition to demoing robots. We partnered up with several other local FIRST teams including Team 254, The Cheezy Poofs, Team 1868, The Space Cookies, and Team 115, Monta Vista Robotics, to help give the children a chance to drive our robots, and we loved watching their excitement as they learned to maneuver the robots themselves!
Meanwhile, other team members worked diligently as “Toy Runners”, sorting and selecting gifts to each child to make their Christmas just a little bit sweeter; we even overheard a little one saying, “This is the best Christmas ever!”.
Whether you’re traveling out of town, or just catching up on some much needed rest, Team 604 hopes to encourage everyone to give back to their community in some way this holiday season, and we wish everyone a wonderful holiday!
Can’t wait for Kickoff in 11 days!
December 12, 2013
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, a group of Quixilver members volunteered at a local event — Gifts for Teens. Gifts for Teens is an community outreach program sponsored by American Association of University Women that aims to pack approximately 1,300 packages of gifts for underprivileged teenagers who live in Downtown San Jose.
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. (more…)
January 18, 2013
After two weeks of hard work, Quixilver has made great progress on the 2013 FRC challenge. Our robot design is nearly finalized due to various brainstorms and discussions among team members and mentors. With many opinions and suggestions from our mentors and alumni, the team was able to build multiple prototypes for our robot using a variety of materials, as well as to start on CADing. In addition, our programmer and mechanical teams continued to offer many workshops to members along side the school Computer Science Club. The CS club allows programmers to learn more and also become comfortable the unique robot code. Some of our programmers also re-programmed a few of the past robots as to prepare the team for future demos as well as the new robot. As for machining wise, Quixilver has some amazing custom-made wheels this year, thanks to our great sponsor, Exatron!
January 5, 2013
At the crack of dawn this morning, approximately 40 members from FIRST Team 604, as well as numerous alumni and mentors, arrived at San Jose State University for the 2013 FRC Silicon Valley Regional Kickoff. At 7:30 AM, the live stream from FIRST HQ began. After months of anticipation following the aftermath of last season’s monumental challenge, FIRST students were presented with this year’s new challenge — Ultimate Ascent!
The game is played on a 27′ x 54′ carpeted field with two alliances of three teams each. Robots attempt to score as many frisbees as possible into goals along the ends of the fields in a two minute and fifteen second match. Each match begins with 15 seconds of autonomous competition where robots can shoot discs for extra points—after that time, the drivers step up, and the robot is in their hands. Four goals at three different heights are available for scoring, and as the robot scores loftier goals, more points will be earned. Towards the end of the match, robots attempt to ascend pyramids located in the center of the playing field.
Following the presentation, Team 604 helped distribute kits of parts— we managed to serve over 50 teams in under 30 minutes. 3 rookie teams were also present, and we warmly welcome them to the FIRST community. Good luck to everyone, and as we move forward we look ahead to a great season!