The robotics team at Mountain View High School are headed to the championship after crushing the competition at the Silicon Valley Regional event. Spartan Robotics, or Team 971, won all 35 of their matches, and placed first overall out of 59 participating teams.
The championship will be from April 23-26 in St. Louis, where Spartan Robotics will compete against 400 teams from across the world. The team's robot, Mammoth, has already been sent off to St. Louis while the team prepares for the event.
Spartan Robotics practiced for the championship with at least 13 other teams over the past two weekends, according to Wyn Schuh, head mentor for Spartan Robotics. Last weekend, mentors from the Bellarmine team set up a miniature version of the competition in a parking lot for the teams to practice.
The robotics competition is hosted by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), an organization that promotes mentor-based programs in science, engineering and technology. FIRST boasts that participants in the programs are more likely to attend college, and twice as likely to major in science or engineering.
The event will be streamed online by NASA here.