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2016-2017 Challenge: Starstruck

In the 2016-17 challenge, two alliances (red and blue) with two robots each compete by scoring with stars and cubes. To score, a  star or cube must be thrown over the fence that divides the alliances. The number of points awarded  depends on the object (star or cube), and if the object is thrown into the “near zone” or the “far zone.”

The match begins with a 15 second autonomous period. After the autonomous period there is a 1minute 45 second driver-controlled period.

To earn additional points, a team can have their robot hang on one of the hanging bars. The robot must be hanging at the end of the match to earn these points.

Here are the links for this year’s game manual, robot skills challenge rules, programming challenge rules, and the competition resources page.

Here is the video for the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics Challenge, “Starstruck!”


September 30, 2016 Dougherty Valley High School VEX Robotics Tournament San Ramon, CA Out of 56 robots, we ranked:

  • 1868A 50th
  • 1868K 43rd
  • 1868X 29th
  • 1868Z 33rd
November 4, 2016 Bellarmine Bay Area VEX Robotics Tournament San Jose, CA Out of 66 robots, we ranked:

  • 1868A 33rd
  • 1868K 36th
  • 1868X 60th
  • 1868Z 30th
December 10, 2016 3rd Annual Sacred Heart Middle School VRC Tournament Saratoga, CA Out of 21 robots, we ranked:

  • 1868K 14th
  • 1868X 12th