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Viewpoint Robotics Hosts Clash in the Canyon; Middle and Upper School Teams Win Awards

by Lance Argano-Rush, Robotics Coach and Upper School Science Teacher

On Saturday, October 13, Patriot Robotics hosted Clash in the Canyon.The event was attended by 40 teams from 28 different schools, and there were four Middle School teams in the mix . After an eventful day (that included a citywide electrical "brown out"), the teams competed in 80 qualifying matches to develop the final standings. Patriot Robotics had five of the teams in attendance, including one Middle School team. All Viewpoint teams were ranked in the top nine spots at the end of the day. We occupied spaces on the first-, third-, fifth-, and seventh-seeded teams in a sweet 16 bracketing style of play. All Patriot teams moved on to the round of eight, where our Middle School team played hard but was knocked out. We lost a second team at the semifinal round, leaving three teams to move onto the finals. In the finals, Viewpoint Team 1437z and their partners from San Luis Obispo defeated the other two Patriot Robotics teams to win the tournament.
 
Besides the tournament winner, two tournament finalists, a semifinalist and a quarterfinalist, team 1437v won the Build Award and Middle School's Team 510z won the Energy Award. Viewpoint also pushed the boundaries on the technological front by hosting a Twitch page and a website for live statistical analysis. Both pages were introduced on Saturday and, after one day, the website gained just over 200 unique visits and 1,273 page views.The Twitch live stream had 1,040 total views throughout the tournament peaking at 88 simultaneous viewers and gained 45 followers.  
 
It was a truly amazing day filled with firsts of all kinds. The prospect for the season is extremely positive as we turn our attention to the next event in two weeks, where the team will divide and go to Chaminade and Ventura for simultaneous tournaments. 
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