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2013-14: Toss Up

Space Cookies VEX Team

For the 2013-14 season, the VEX competition game was called Toss Up, with points scored for placing balls in certain parts of the field. We had 19 girls as part of the troop. We entered 3 robots into each competition during the year.  Each team of girls designed their robots with different point-scoring focus, and hence different design and construction.


Rules of the Game

Toss-Up GameThe object of the Toss Up game is to score the most points by moving small BuckyBalls and large balls to different areas of the field, stashing the small balls in plastic tubes attached to the side of the playing field,  and balancing large balls on top of those tubes. Robots that can hang  in the air on a bar in their corner of the field at the very end of the game will earn extra points; if the robot can hang while holding a large or small ball they earn even more points.

There are a total of 20 BuckyBalls and 8 Large Balls available as Scoring Objects in the game. Most Scoring Objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be loaded prior to the Match.

How We Did

We built and competed with 3 robots (robots “1868A”, “1868K”, and “1868X”) in the Toss Up challenge. Here’s how we did in competitions:

Date Event Location Results
Oct. 19, 2013 Doughtery Valley High School VEX Robotics Tournament San Ramon, CA Out of 61 robots, we ranked:


  • 1868A 27th
  • 1868K 32nd
  • 1868X 13th; Quarter-finals
Nov. 23, 2013 Bellarmine Bay Area VEX Robotics Tournament San Jose, CA Out of 60 robots, we ranked:


  • 1868A 50th
  • 1868K 52nd
  • 1868X 54th
Dec. 7, 2013 Annual Central Valley Toss Up Challenge Modesto, CA Out of 58 robots, we ranked:


  • 1868A 24th; Elimination round
  • 1868K 36th
  • 1868X 41st
Feb. 8, 2014 Tracy NorCal VEX Toss Up Tournament Tracy, CA Out of 62 robots, we ranked:


  • 1868A 53rd
  • 1868K 10th; Quarter-finals
  • 1868X 35th