On February 4, 52 high school teams, including eight Choate Robotics teams, competed in the VEX Robotics Starstruck Competition. This is the first time Choate has hosted a VEX competition on campus and was the largest VEX event in Connecticut this year. See photo gallery.
The Starstruck game is played on a 12'x12' square field. Two alliances – one "red" and one "blue" – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 15 second autonomous period followed by one minute and 45 seconds of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing team by scoring your stars and cubes in your zones. See competition video.
After qualification rounds, the top ranked Choate teams were in 3rd, 10th and 12th place. In the elimination round, three Choate teams finished on semifinalist alliances and two teams were on quarterfinalist alliances.
Choate Robot 6106A is already qualified for the Southern New England Championship tournament on March 4-5.