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2012-13: Sack Attack

Sack Attack robot

The 2012-2013 VEX challenge was a game called Sack Attack, which involved moving bean-bag sacks into certain areas of the field to score points. This season we had 10 girls on the troop. We designed, built, and entered two robots into the Sack Attack competition.

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Rules of the Game

The game has a total of 98 sacks and 4 bonus sacks as “scoring objects”. Most scoring objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be loaded onto the robot prior to or during the match. Each robot begins a match on one of their alliance starting squares. There are 10 scoring areas (5 of each color), of varying heights in which teams can score sacks or bonus sacks. Alliances earn a bonus for having the most robots of their own color touching their starting squares at the end of the match.

How We Did

We built and competed with 2 robots (robots “1868A” and “1868X”) in the Sack Attack challenge. Here’s how we did in competitions:

DateEvent LocationResults
Oct. 27, 2012 Dougherty Valley High School VEX Robotics TournamentSan Ramon, CA1868A 31st out of 40 robots
Nov. 17, 2012 Bellarmine Bay Area VEX Robotics Tournament San Jose, CA 1868A 30th out of 52 robots
Feb. 2, 2013
Annual East Bay VEX Robotics Tournament Walnut Creek, CA 1868A 10th out of 28 robots; Semi-Finals
1868X 14th out of 28 robots; Quarter-Finals
Mar. 2, 2013 Tracy NorCal VEX Sack Attack Tournament Tracy, CA 1868A 36th out of 59 robots