Success in Silicon Valley: Richmond High School's Robotics Team Posts Strong Finish in San Jose
SAN JOSE -- The Richmond High School robotics team, also known as The Biomechs, finished sixth out of 60 teams at the FIRST Robotics Competition Silicon Valley Regional on March 31 through April 1.
The BioMechs finished the two-day competition with a 7-4 record and competed against teams sponsored by NASA, Google, and Cisco. The FIRST Robotics Competition allows students to design, build, program, and operate an industrial-sized robot that competes in a series of field games against other schools.
One of the Biomechs matches can be viewed in the video below. The Biomechs robot is 841.
"I am proud of my team for placing sixth place out of 60 teams," Biomechs captain and junior at Richmond Ruben Rodriguez said. "Silicon Valley teams are extremely competitive, and being able to compete with them and see how we play compared to them is an honor."
Richmond's finish was the school's highest in a FIRST Robotics Competition since 2011 when it placed sixth at the Utah Regional.
Over the two-day competition, the Biomechs had nine qualifying matches and advanced to the quarterfinals where they competed in two more matches to finish sixth.
"The competition gave us a chance to interact with a diverse group of people from across California and even the world," Rodriguez said. "We also had the opportunity to network with teams and ask them about their team, specific mechanisms they designed, and so much more."
The Biomechs are sponsored by:
The Brin Wojcicki Foundation
The Del Rio Family
The Quintero Family
The Neff Family
The Wildman Family
The team is also supported by Richmond Principal, Jose DeLeon, Assistant Principal Esaul Orozco and the teachers, Mark Rousseau, Krista Jann, Jose Luis Cebrian Marquez, and the rest of the staff at Richmond High.