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Citrus Circuits wraps up regionals, heads to world championships

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From page A8 | April 15, 2014 |

The Citrus Circuits robotics team traveled to their third regional competition this season, the Silicon Valley Regional, which took place April 3-5 at San Jose State University.

Despite tough competition, Team 1678 Citrus Circuits were finalists in an alliance with Team 368 Kika Mana and Team 4171 BayBots, but lost to the alliance of Team 971 Spartan Robotics, Team 254 Cheesy Poofs, and Team 1662 Raptor Force Engineering. Citrus Circuits’ alliance lost two matches in the final round by scores of 183 to 195, and 142 to 198.

Even with two regionals under their belt, the Silicon Valley Regional was the toughest competition Citrus Circuits had faced this season. The robots attending included the top three in California, according to a poll conducted by the FIRST California organization. Team 1678 Citrus Circuits is currently ranked 15th in the world with Team 254 Cheesy Poofs ranked first and Team 971 in 10th. In addition, four other teams that attended had been on regional winning alliances, including Team 368 that won the Hawaii regional.

By winning the Inland Empire Regional at the beginning of March, Citrus Circuits qualified for the world championships for the fourth year running. They will travel to St. Louis on April 23-26 to compete against 400 of the best teams in the world.

The world championships can be seen streaming live at http://www.thebluealliance.com/events. Citrus Circuits will be assigned to one of four divisions a week before the event. Visit http://www.citruscircuits.org for updates on the team’s competition schedule.

This year’s robotics challenge, “Aerial Assist,” was revealed at the beginning of January. The game involves three-team alliances shooting an exercise ball that’s two feet in diameter into one of eight goals. Additional points are earned by passing the ball between allied robots and tossing it over a truss in the center of the playing field.

Citrus Circuits was formed in 2004 and is coached by Da Vinci Charter Academy teacher Steve Harvey, and mentored by team alumni, parents and area college students.

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