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Local robotics team heads to world championships

Original post made on Apr 26, 2011

A group of local teenagers is heading to Florida to test their robotics skills in an international competition.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 12:26 PM


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Posted by go-team
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Congratulations! Good news like this is wonderful to read. I wish all team members' names were mentioned, though, since there are only 7 of them and all so deserving to read their names in the paper. Even the photo didn't call out their names. Nice of the dad to be quoted so much, but the attention to our bright Mountain View kids, coming out of the Mountain View public school system, and making ours a better city with so much to be proud of. Hooray to all of you, and best of luck. Go Green MacHHHHine!!!

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Posted by Cuesta Park mom
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Exactly my thoughts, I would have liked to see all 7 names listed. Congratulations to the team!

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Posted by member
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Congratulations Green MacHHHHine! I, too, would like to have seen all of the boys' names printed in this article. They deserved at least that much. But, sadly, once again Mr. Veronin has reported at less than top form. Hopefully our comments will help him to do a more thorough job of reporting in the future.

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Posted by reader
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 1:16 am

wow that IS odd to omit the names of the team members and focus on just one family when there are several other students and families involved here.

don't newspapers nearly always identify the people in the photos? and it would be so easy to get a group shot of the entire team.

better writing and editing please.

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Posted by Robbie
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm


I'm Robbie from the Green MacHHHHine team. First, I'd like to say thank you to the readers who commented and wished us well. We appreciate your comments. We did do very well at the competition:
We won the divisional Excellence award
We seeded tenth in our division (of 104 teams)
We placed sixth in the world in the programming skills challenge

I'd also like to say thank you to Mr. Veronin for taking the time to interview us and write this article. We were very happy to have him do so. It turned out that Mr. Veronin talked to us just a day or so before we left for the championships. Because we were in in the process of packing and getting ready to travel, Mr. Veronin was only able to interview us via the phone. He wasn't able to connect with all our team nor our mentors. We provided the picture, so I would be happy to list the team members pictured:

(from left to right) Robbie Kalb, Eric Beckmann, Timmy Beckmann, Jack Marquez

I'd also like to mention that Kira Bacsi, another MVHS student, created and handles our team website for us ( Thanks very much in your interest in our team!