Los Altos Robotics held its ninth annual FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament at Blach Intermediate School Dec. 2, hosting 26 teams including 108 students from 17 local schools.
The teams had to build a robot that performs a predetermined set of tasks in 2.5 minutes. Each team was judged on the performance of its robot as well as the creativity of the design, the quality of the software and the teamwork demonstrated. Additionally, teams had to present a research project. This year's theme was energy.
Seven teams were selected to advance to the Northern California Championship Tournament, scheduled Sunday at Fremont High School. The Bionic Builders, Bananas, Atomic Puzzlers, Technostuds, Lego Lords, Lords of the Legos and Cerberus advanced. Five additional teams were recognized for great performance in at least one category, including Full Throttle A Corp, Chaotic Contraptions, Mission Possible, DogBots and Solar Super Stars.