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!
November 11, 2012
Team 604 Quixilver had a wonderful success on November 10, 2012 hosting the Quixilver Qualifier FLL tournament. With 24 teams present, Quixilver was able to host a successful tournament from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and finished clean up before 6:00pm – with spare time left over from our expectations.
This season’s challenge for FLL is Senior Solutions, where students build and program a robot to complete different tasks with LEGO Mindstorm NXT, including bowling and gardening. With this challenge, students are able to learn about the life of senior citizens, as well as the relationship between them and the community. In responding to this challenge, Quixilver invited many senior citizens from the community to join us and watch the tournament. Throughout the event, we provided a broadcast in the pit area for the FLL teams to help them follow up with the competitions, and we got good feedback from it. In addition, to add more excitement to the game, we modeled after FRC tournaments and implemented an alliance selection. For most of the FLL teams, it was a completely new concept that they had not learned about. We also had a raffle for all participants and we were happy to see the smiles on the lucky winners’ faces. By hosting this tournament, Quixilver was able to send 11 teams to the next level of competition and allowed them to compete at the Silicon Valley Championship.
Congratulations to those 11 teams and we wish you the best of luck! To conclude this successful event, team 604 would like to thank all the members who helped out, as well as team 668, The Apes of Wrath, and team 2643, Dark Matters. Also thanks to all the judges, referees, and adult volunteers! Quixilver would like to thank our principal Dr. Mukherjee and assistant principal Mr. Park for dropping by the tournament, which was a big support! Lastly, a big thank you to our mentor, Mr. Mori, for leading and guiding us through everything in order to have this tournament to run smoothly! Team 604 will see you again next year at the FLL tournament!
October 13, 2012
Following a summer full of demos, FIRST Team 604 kicked off the 2012-2013 season with successfully competing in the WRRF Off season competition - CalGames.
In preparation for CalGames, the decision was made to repair worn out components and secure all components to give our team the best edge for at the competition. The programming code was also updated to improve the accuracy of the vision processing to improve our aim. This held true for most of the competition. After being ranked at the 9th seed, we were chosen to join the 5th seed alliance with FIRST Team 2073 Eagle Force from Pleasant Grove High School and FIRST Team 701 the RobotVikes from Vanden High School. Despite the alliance’s strength we lost in the Semi Finals against the first seed alliance, composed of: FIRST Team 971 from Mountain View High School, FIRST Team 254 from Bellermine College Preparatory and FIRST Team 766 from Menlo-Atherton High School. This alliance would go on to win the entire competition. However the defeat did not last long, when we found out we won the Entrepreneurship Award and were the first runner up to the AMD Cal Award.
On November 10th, we are scheduled to host the 4th annual Quixilver Qualifier at Leland High School. We wish all the teams attending our competition best of luck.