Posted Jan 6, 2013 By Jonathan Chang In Static Content
After Team 254's success in the FTC Bridge Battle season, the team chose to expand its fledgling VEX program, adding on new subteams. The first of these was 254B, which first competed in the 2008-2009 VRC Elevation season. Since then, 254B has held a consistently solid record, winning the Pan Pacific championship in 2010 and reaching finals at the same tournament in 2011. Furthermore, 254B has attended World Championships for the past 4 years. They have a reputation for building simple but dependable designs, often blending inspiration from multiple sources.
- Captain: Zack Malig
- Co-Captain: Matthew Koken
- Coach: Luke Gardner
- Driver: Issac Mancini
- Operator: Blake Laymon
- Programmer: Francisco Sanchez
- Pit Head: Noah Marcel
Current Season Overview
Team 254B has had a season filled with ups and downs.They initially designed a simple robot with a six bar arm and 6 wheel drive base. This competed at San Ramon tournament but failed to qualify; with a couple broken motors and battery problems it lost in the first round of eliminations. The team then decided to change their approach, and with a new strategy in mind they redesigned and modified the robot. Now equipped with a chain lift, strafing wheels, and weeks of practice, 254B competed in Bellarmine Vex Tournament. In this more competitive tournament they went undefeated for 4 matches and lost their last 2 because of battery problems. Afterwards they formed an alliance with other 254 teams. In eliminations 254B upset the 2nd seated alliance but lost in semifinals. After Bellarmine Tournament the team made minor adjustments to motors and wiring and made sure to get plenty of practice for both competition and skills challenges. 254B competed at Modesto Tournament, where they reached semifinalss. Finally, within the last week of build the team constructed a mobile Can-Crushing robot to enter in the sustainability contest. They designed and built a robot based on the "Jawa ship" from Star Wars, it's designed to: drive around any campus, pick up recyclable cans, crush them and store them for pickup. Overall, it has been a great year with many ups and downs for 254B.
- 2009: "Chicken Stick", "Ghetto Betsy"
- 2010: "The Cube", "The Doctor", "Ghetto Betsy 2.01", "The Weeble"
- 2011: "Ares I", "Ares II", "Bludgeon"
- 2012: "Charger", "Impact", "Juggernaut"
- 2013: "UberKase", "Rew Resiel" (current)