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2014-15: Skyrise

For the 2014–15 season, the challenge is called Skyrise. We had 31 girls as part of the troop and competed with 4 different robot teams. The first Space Cookies Skyrise competition was in October 2014, and based on the competition experience we modified our robot designs and programming to compete in the rest of the season.


Rules of the Game

The object of the Skyrise game is to score your alliance’s colored cubes in floor goals, on posts, or on your Skyrise; by owning posts; and by building Skyrise sections.VEX Skyrise

Each alliance has a 22 cubes and 7 yellow Skyrise section pieces (scoring objects). Most scoring objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be entered into the field during to the match.

There are ten 10 posts that can be used by any alliance, and each alliance has 2 colored squares on the field (called floor goals) that robots can score objects onto. The alliance with the topmost cube on a post owns the post, earning extra points. Alliances also earn points for building towers on their Skyrise base out of Skyrise sections, and then scoring cubes on them.

How We Did

Date Event Location Results
Oct. 25, 2014 Dougherty Valley High School VEX Robotics Tournament San Ramon, CA Out of 49 robots, we ranked: 


  • 1868A 35th
  • 1868D 14th
  • 1868J 40th
  • 1868Z 30th
Nov. 22, 2014 Bellarmine Bay Area VEX
Robotics Tournament
San Jose, CA Out of 58 robots, we ranked: 


  • 1868A 55th
  • 1868D 56th
  • 1868J 58th
  • 1868Z 26th
Jan. 31, 2015 Tracy NorCal VEX Toss Up
Tracy, CA Out of 69 robots, we ranked: 


  • 1868A 6th (Quarter-finals)
  • 1868D 56th
  • 1868J 53rd
  • 1868Z 50th

Out of 29 competitors in the Driver Skills Challenge, we ranked:

  • 1868A 17th
  • 1868Z 25th
Mar. 28, 2015 All Girls VEX Showcase Thousand Oaks, CA Out of 19 robots, we ranked: 


  • 1868A 9th
  • 1868D 5th
  • 1868J 8th
  • 1868Z 15th

In addition, the Space Cookies VEX team won its first award. Team J won the tournament’s Build Award!