M-A robotics team finishes first

Menlo-Atherton High School took home the hardware, literally, with a first-place alliance finish at the FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional Competition held March 13-15 at UC Davis.

As part of the winning alliance, led by Spartan Robotics Team 971 of Mountain View High School and including Citrus Circuits Team 1678 of Davis, California, Menlo-Atherton's Team 766 earned a spot at the national competition to be held April 23-26 in St. Louis.

Fifty-four teams competed at the Sacramento Regional Event. This year's game, Aerial Assist, required teams to pass an inflatable exercise ball between robots and then shoot the ball into various goals and over a center truss spanning the playing field.

People can see M-A's bot in action April 3-5 at the Silicon Valley Regional competition at the Event Center at San Jose State University. Admission is free.

Go to for more information on M-A Robotics.


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Posted by Katie Reeves
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 21, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Congrats to Team 766, earning a trip to the Championship again!! Good luck at Silicon Valley Regionals!

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Posted by Debbie Romani
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Kudos to the MA Bears for being selected to be part of the winning alliance!

That said, the other local team which also competed at the Sacramento Regional also did extremely well.

The Wildhats, Team 100, a joint team based at Woodside High School and including students from Woodside, Carlmont and Sequoia, also ranked highly at the Regional.

The Wildhats were awarded the Creativity Award, sponsored by Xerox, for their creative engineering. Additionally, the Wildhats were selected by the third-ranking alliance captains, Team 2671, Ironhorse Robotics from Fresno, and joined with them in inviting Team 1662, Raptor Force Engineering from Lodi, a selection made twelve spots earlier than the MA team.

The MA Bears and their robot deserve credit for playing well on the winning alliance. But perhaps our reporters could also ask about the "other" home team before this article goes to print.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Mar 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Well said Debbie! All kids from the 'Almanac Community' deserve to be recognized.

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Posted by Proud
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

These are such great kids.

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