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14 Years Of Robotics

The Journey Begins...

Our club, Exothermic Robotics, was founded in 2006 and has participated in both FRC and VRC. We are one of the oldest VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) club in existence, and have been around since the start of VEX, where it was barely a raindrop in the STEM pond. We pioneered VEX in Washington state, hosting competitions each year. Little could the founders of our club imagine how much the club and VEX as a whole have grown today.

With 14 years of history, Exothermic Robotics holds a special place in the robotics community. Start from the beginning of this journey, and see how EXO has grown to the prestigious and successful club it is today.

Our First Year

2006 - 2007

TEAM NICKNAME: The Combine (from the game Half Life)

TEAM NUMBER: 3632 as well as 3367

TEAM LOGO: An International Harvester Combine Harvester being driven by a Combine (the game) soldier

We competed in the Bellevue FIRST VEX Challenge Competition. The game was "Hangin' Around", and it was the first year that FIRST allowed anyone to sign up for the game because 2006 was a limited-release pilot program. We also chartered Explorer Post 2036 this year as well.

We built our main robot, "Otis", which had a tank tread lifter that sucked softballs off the field and placed them on a tray on top of the robot. The tray then elevated to place the balls into the highest goal. Otis was heavy and powerful, but we hadn't learned how to effectively build large robots that could maneuver easily, so it struggled to move on the foam mat. Despite clicking clutches and various other frustrations, Otis managed to make its way to the semifinals.

In addition to Otis, we also built another robot called "The Goat" just for fun. We took it along to the tournament to show it off, and since the tournament was small that year, with only about a dozen teams (some teams didn't come at all), the event organizers allowed the Goat to compete using team #3367. The Goat only had limited ability to handle softballs, but it specialized in tough defense, could score a decent amount of points into the low goal, and could hang from the bar. Ironically, the "fooling-around" robot ended up being more successful than Otis, and made it into the finals before losing to an alliance of robots from the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, Washington.

The team members were Chris H, Kris N, Tristan S, David T, and John T. Chris, Kris, and John were all seniors so this was their last year on the team. Tristan lived in West Seattle, so he quit after the first year because he could no longer get a ride.

This was the first year we held the spring "Robothon" scrimmage, which we hosted along with the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe. About 10 teams participated, and it was a blast! This would also be the only year our entire club would fit into one Honda Odyssey, including all the tools and robots.

The mentors for this first year were Bruce Haley, Rob Krasser, and Rick Tyler.

Our primary sponsor for this year was LexisNexis, which allowed us to use their facilities and provided sponsorship money.

Overall, the team only won one award that year: A Regional Finalist award won by The Goat.

Our Second Year

2007 - 2008

GAME: Bridge Battle (VRC) and Quad Quandary (FVC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here.

TEAM NUMBER: We originally started with FIRST VEX Challenge (FVC) Teams 417 and 418, although we added Team 575 once more students joined.

TEAM LOGO: A cartoon-style robot drawn by Scott MacDonald, a volunteer at LexisNexis.

We competed in the Bellevue FIRST VEX Challenge Competition. This was the first year where we bought our own floor tiles. We couldn't afford to buy a competition field, but we did build four goals and had a complete floor for the first time.

Team 417: Team 417 built "Captain Hook", which was a powerful, heavy robot designed to grab a movable goal with a claw, and then drag it around the field putting rings on the spike. Hook was a fierce competitor and did very well in the competition, ultimately making it into the semifinals with 575. However, their alliance unfortunately lost to an all-Canadian alliance. The members of Team 417 were Saul R, Eric H, Cravixtha A, Evangeline J, and Rebecca J. Everyone on the team except for Eric graduated in 2008. All went on to college. This team won the Innovate Award at the Bellevue FVC event, for having a creative solution to playing the game.

Team 418: Team 418 built "Chopstix", which was a fast, maneuverable robot with our team's first 4" omniwheels. Chopstix did very well in the competition, making it into the finals before losing to an all-Canadian alliance. In recognition of their success on the field, their teamwork, and their engineering approach, 418 won the Inspire award for having the best robot at the competition. The members of this team were Cody M, Richard P, Joel C, Rishi G, and Kris K. This team won a Regional Finalist award and the Inspire Award at the Bellevue FVC event. 418 was our first team to be invited to a world championship event, and they traveled to the Atlanta FTC tournament where they finished mid-pack in a field of 50 championship robots.

Team 575: This team built “Plan B” a fast, maneuverable robot with small wheels. After abandoning their first design just 12 days before the tournament, this team built “Plan B” in a little more than a week. Despite obviously having great potential, the bugs were not worked out by the end of the year, and 575 partnered with 417 in the elimination rounds, losing in the semifinals. The members of this team were David T, Preetum N, Paul C, Micah Z, Ranjan P, and Alex. This team did not win any awards at the Bellevue tournament.

Mentors: Bruce Haley, Rob Krasser and Rick Tyler

Sponsor: LexisNexis. They allowed us to use their facilities and provided sponsorship money.

This was the second year we sponsored the “Robothon” scrimmage, where 575 and 417 teamed up to win the 12-robot event. They were happy that they had finally worked the bugs out, but the dreaded and feared Canadian contingent did not attend. This was the first year we recruited members from Redmond High School and started a beautiful friendship with Pete Saxby, physics teacher.

Awards: 417: Innovate Award and 418: Inspire Award, Regional Finalist Award

Our Third Year

2008 - 2009

GAME: Elevation (VRC) and Face Off (FTC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

UNOFFICIAL SLOGAN: "stop STOP STOP!" (Anyone who has worked with competition robots doesn't need this explained)

TEAM NUMBERS: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)teams 417, 418, 575, and VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)teams 417, 418, 419, 420, 575, and 1899

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

CLUB OFFICERS: President, Micah Z; Vice President for VRC, Paul C; Vice President for FTC, Zach L; Chief Scout, John D.

We competed in 5 regional competitions this year: the Washington and Vancouver FTC Championships, the West Vancouver VRC, the Gladstone Open VRC event, and the Washington VRC event. This year, we bought a complete field, including control electronics, and bought/built complete game components sets for both VRC and FTC.

This season, our sponsors included:

  • LexisNexis Applied Discovery
  • Redmond High School PTSA
  • Brick Journal
  • Parents of Post 2036
  • Microsoft Employees

FTC Team 417, A SECRet: This team built a large capacity, dual-sided feeding, scissors-lift dumper, designed to dump up to three trays of pucks into a hopper and then empty them into the center goal. While rookies to FTC, they were experienced FLL robot-builders and they took to medium-sized robots like ducks to a pond. Their robot was a fierce scoring machine that could run and block, too. The members of this team were team leader Zach L, Eric H, Andrew F, Anders B, Jill S, Mike W, and Sam D.

  • Awards:
    • Vancouver, BC, FTC Tournament: Tournament Finalist, Innovate Award, Alliance Captain
    • Washington State FTC Tournament: Tournament Finalist, Build Award, Alliance Captain

FTC Team 418: This team built two unusual robots. For the first cancelled Washington tournament they built a walking robot, and for the second try at the Washington event, they built a very fast, very small robot called the Mousebot. Unfortunately, the high speed combined with the small chassis produced a robot that was almost impossible to control and the robot didn’t do well in competition. Both of these robots were done more for the fun of it than to be competitive, and the members of this team also worked on other robots. Key members of this migrant team were team leader Walker L, Zach L, and Eric H.

FTC Team 575, Team Camelids: This team was comprised of Micah, David, Hailey, Preetum, and Paul. Members Elijah and Hailey joined in mid-season to work on the robot. FTC 575 only competed at the first cancelled Washington event and the “makeover” event in February. Their simple front-loader robot did well enough to team up with 417 and go all the way to the finals. Due to intense time pressures getting their VRC robot done for the Gladstone Open the next week, final development and autonomous software for this robot were not quite done by the time of the event, or they could have done better.

  • Awards: Washington State FTC Tournament: Tournament Finalist

VRC Team 417, Team Salsa, Robot Cube Dude: Team 417 was an all-girls team, and consisted of Raluca, Maya, Tara, Quinn, and Ruchi. Their mentor was Pete Saxby, and they were all rookies. Working with Mr. Reynolds, they built a sophisticated 2-joint arm that was the first of our Elevation robots to reliably score two goals in auto. Members of this team were Quinn T, Maya B, team captain Raluca I, Tara B and Ruchi. After struggling at both of the Vancouver tournaments, never quite getting the hang of their complex arm, this team won the Programming Skills Champion Award in Redmond, earning a position at Worlds, where they competed with a brand-new robot. They went 1-5 in qualifying at the tournament, having some tough luck.

Their robot was the fastest on the team, and possibly the fastest of all 261 robots at the tournament. Their robot at Worlds: 12" long, 14" wide, four wheels, six-motor drive, 2.75" solid and omniwheels, dual tank-track belts, twin towers, arm lift 60:12, drive 48:15. Weighed 3.5kg or 7.8 pounds.

  • Awards:
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Programming Skills Challenge Winner

VRC Team 418, Team Eye, Robot Retina: Exothermic Eye competed with a large, complex robot for their first two tournaments. Having dealt with a variety of challenges getting this robot to work properly, they took it apart seven days before the upcoming Redmond tournament and built a new robot for the tourney, where they excelled. They were the captain of the Tournament Champion Award alliance, and won the Amaze Award and the Robot Skills Championship, for a double-qualification to World Championships. This team consisted of Tyler N, leader Javid H, Ashoat T, Jonathan S, Rishi G, Sean F, Alex V, and Josh O. Their robot from Redmond went on to World Championships largely unchanged, where they had a great tournament. They went 5-1 in qualifying and went on to be an alliance captain. With only one person returning from last year and the rest rookies, this team had a fine season.

  • Awards:
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Tournament Winner
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Alliance Captain
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Amaze Award
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Robot Skills Challenge Winner
    • VRC World Championships, Dallas: Technology Division Finalist
    • VRC World Championships, Dallas: Alliance Captain
    • VRC World Championships, Dallas: Winner of Third Place Trophy
    • VRC World Championships, Dallas: Top 10 in Robot Skills Challenge with a score of 54

VRC Team 419, Team Moving Stairs, Robot Otis HYPE: Their robot did well at West Vancouver in December, going into the elimination rounds. This team won a Tournament Finalist Award at the Gladstone Open tournament in February, after going undefeated in qualifying. They went on to win a Tournament Champion Award at Redmond in March, teaming up with 418 to earn our club’s first tournament win. An all-rookie team, they made major changes in their robot for each competition. Their world championships robot only looked a little like the one that was on the first place alliance at Redmond. This team consisted of John D, Josh G, Kevin B, Mercury H, Tommy C, Taylor G, Walker L, and Hailey A. They competed at the World Championships, where they went 2-4, including two tough matches where opposing robots pulled out some of their control cables.

Their robot, as seen at Worlds, looked like this: Four wheels, two 4" omnis, two 4" regular, short wheelbase, six-motor drive, 11 pounds.

  • Awards:
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Tournament Finalist
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Alliance Captain
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Tournament Winner Robot

VRC Team 420, Team Secret, Robot A Secret: Team 420 was made up of our FTC team 417, who decided to build a VRC robot just three weeks before the Redmond tournament, and worked hard to get their robot done in time. It was fast and effective – and very, very small. It was called “Mousebot.” They built a new robot for the World Championships, using a flat 4-bar-link lifting a dual-tank tread cube gripper to reach all the goals. Spectators thought it looked like a snake striking out the grass. They could do any of the scoring moves the game required, including sucking cubes from the autoloaders. They went 3-3 in qualifying and were selected for an eliminations alliance where they went to the quarterfinals.

VRC Team 575, Team Haiku, Robot Haiku: This was our “senior team” (even though none of them are seniors this year) because they are our most experienced Vex team. They made continuous improvements to their robot after Gladstone, and added at least 20 pounds of software before VRC Worlds. This team consisted of their leader David T, and the rest of the members: Paul C, Ranjan P, Preetum N, Micah Z, Ben W, Arjun N, and Gary M. At Worlds, they had a tough schedule and only went 2-4 in qualifying. They were selected for an eliminations alliance and lost in the quarterfinals.

Robot (as seen at Worlds): 12" long, 12" wide, four wheels, six-motor drive, 2.75" solid and omniwheels, dual tank-track belts, twin towers, arm lift 84:12, drive 36:12. Weighed 3.725 kg or 8.2 pounds.

  • Awards:
    • Vancouver BC VRC Tournament: Amaze Award
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Excellence Award
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Tournament Finalist
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Programming Skills Challenge Winner
    • Gladstone Open VRC, Vancouver, BC: Sportsmanship Award Winner
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Tournament Finalist
    • Washington VRC Tournament, Redmond: Support Award
    • VRC World Championships: Think Award Winner
    • VRC World Championships: Second Place Programming Skills Challenge (score of 37 was the highest at Worlds, score of 58 points in the Robot Skills Challenge)
    • VRC World Championships: Science Division Quarterfinalist

VRC Team 1899, Saints Robotics, Robot TrashBot: In the middle of the season, Exothermic Robotics visited FRC team 1899 just before they shipped their big robot. Some of the members of 1899 got curious about our Vex robots, and ended up joining Exothermics and starting VRC team 1899. Team members were Dennis L, Franklin S, Eric S, and leader Edward J. They competed successfully at the Redmond event with a simple track-lifting robot, and then built a novel holonomic drive robot for the Vex World Championships. They were very successful at worlds, racking up a record of 5-1-0 and going on to be an alliance captain in the Eliminations. A very impressive result for a team with a total of 10 weeks of Vex experience.

Their robot (as seen at Worlds): Four 4" omni wheels, holonomic drive on a square chassis, four-motor drive, 3.5 kg or 7.8 pounds

All six of our robots competed at the Vex Worlds. Two of our three FTC robots competed in regional finals matches. Thirty-four students and fourteen adults traveled to Dallas for the Vex Worlds Of our forty students, only eight are graduating this year.

The technical mentors were Rick Tyler, Bruce Reynolds, Chris Culler and Haji Habibi. Non-engineering mentors included Heidi Lovett, Carolyn Davids, Jean, Shannon Nagamine, and Melinda Tyler.

Our Fourth Year

2009 - 2010

GAME: Clean Sweep (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: FTC Teams 417, 418, 575, and VRC Team 10A, 10Q, 10C, 10D, 10E, 10F, 10X, 10Z

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

FTC Team 417, Exothermic Blue Sun, Robot Whiffle Ball Tony (3rd year, was VEX FTC/FTC 417): This team was a mixture of veterans and rookies, and was once again drawing on the expertise that led them to two regional finals and four trophies in 2009. They got to the semifinalists in the Bellevue 2009 competition. Their robot, called Whiffle Ball Tony was a holonomic drive robot with a front pickup, top storage, and single-wheel back-spin launcher. It could shoot at the outside baskets from maximum distance.

  • Awards:
    • Design Award, Bellevue 2009

FTC Teams 418 and 575 were on hiatus for the 2009 - 2010 season.

VRC Team 575, Team Haiku, Robot Gutwrench the Horrible: With five team members returning from the successful 2008-9 season, this team went into the year with solid construction skills, a new driver, and a new programmer. Their leader and coach was David T. The drivers were Matthew and Micah, the programmer was Paul, and the scouts were Stefan and Ranjan.

Robot(s) Gutwrench I: holonomic drive, front scooper, innovative "fabric stretch" dumper, 4-motor drive (Jump Start) Gutwrench II: 6WD with dropped centers, belt lifter, big-box dumper, 4-motor drive (Vancouver Season Opener) Gutwrench III: 6WD with dropped centers, pitchfork lifter, big-box dumper, 4-motor drive (Vancouver Island) Gutwrench IV: 4WD, 2.75" wheels, 6-motor drive, roller feeding back dumper (Washington, BCIT, Worlds)

  • Awards/Competition Results (44 Wins, 12 Losses before Worlds):
    • Redmond Jump Start (Nov 2009): 1 Alliance Captain
    • Redmond Jump Start (Nov 2009): Semifinalist
    • Vancouver Season Opener (Dec. 2009): 1 Alliance
    • Vancouver Season Opener (Dec. 2009): Finalist
    • Vancouver Island (Jan. 2010): 2 Alliance
    • Vancouver Island (Jan. 2010): Finalist
    • Washington Championships (Feb. 2010): 1 Alliance Captain
    • Washington Championships (Feb. 2010): Winner
    • Washington Championships (Feb. 2010): Robot Skills Winner
    • Vancouver BCIT "A" Tournament (Mar. 2010): 1 Alliance
    • Vancouver BCIT "A" Tournament (Mar. 2010): Tournament Winner
    • Vancouver BCIT "A" Tournament (Mar. 2010): Excellence Award
    • Redmond Jump Start: Build Award
    • Vancouver Season Opener: Nov. 2009 Finalist Award
    • Vancouver Island: Dec. 2009 Innovate Award
    • Vancouver BCIT "A" Tournament (Mar. 2010): Jan. 2010 Excellence

Exothermic Robotics, Team 575, at 2010 VEX Worlds:

VRC Team 10A (was VRC 419): With one returning member from the very successful 2009 419 team, 10A went into 2010 with enthusiasm and experience. The members of the team were Mercury H, Robin, Patrick, David L, and Matt. Their Robot(s) were unnamed, and consisted of a holonomic drive on 2.75" wheels, front scoop, "fabric stretch" dumper

  • Awards/Competition Results (44 Wins, 12 Losses before Worlds):
    • Vancouver Season Opener (Dec. 2009): Undefeated in qualifying, seeded second, and #2 alliance captain

VRC Team 10Q, Team Exothermic Salsa (was VRC 417): In its third year as a mostly-girls team, this World Championships team started the year with an experienced programmer, talented mechanical skills, and the graduation of two-thirds of their drive team. Their goal for the year was to build another great robot and train up drivers to match. The members of this team were Tara, Maya, Raluca, Sophia, Kevin, and Edward.

VRC Team 10C: 10C was one of Exothermic's all-rookie teams, so they had to move fast in order to keep up. The members of the team were Cole, Tyler, Adam, Jan, Alex, and Tom.

VRC Team 10D: 10D was one of Exothermic's all-rookie teams as well, so they had to do some catch up work. The members of the team were Derek, Peter, Atanas, Kurt, Kevin Z, Maxine, Erin, and Ellie.

VRC Team 10E: This all-female all-rookie team started this year knowing they have big shoes to fill after the results posted by the all-girls VRC 417 last year. The members of this team were Kavitha, Gabriela, Anna, Netania, and Kunjal.

VRC Team 10F (was VRC 420): This team spent the fall as FTC 417 before switcihng to VRC for the rest of the year. Losing only a couple of members to graduation, they added some new faces but started the competition season with talent and experience. The members of this team were Zach, Brian, Jillian, Sam, Ricky, and Andrew.

VRC Team 10X (was 419): Starting with three veterans from the 2009 419 team that went to World Championships, this team added some fresh blood to start the 2010 season. The members of this team were Tommy, John, Kevin, and three new members.

VRC Team 10Z (was VRC 418): One of our oldest teams, and the only one to have gone to both FTC and VRC World Championship events, these students had a big challenge having lost all but one team member to graduation. Bettering last year's third-place finish at World Championship was their early-season goal. The members of this team were Tyler, Arjun, Ben, Chuong, Conor, and Pramad.

Our Fifth Year

2010 - 2011

GAME: Round Up (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS:VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10D, 10N, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Teams 10A, 10D, 10X, 10Z, and 575H are the returning teams from last year, and all of them, including the new 10V qualified for the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10A: Competed at the Washington Jump Start Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, and the 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10B: Competed at Washington Jump Start Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, British Columbia VEX Championships – A Division, and 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10D: Competed at the Washington Jump Start Tournament, Oregon December VEX Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, British Columbia VEX Championships – A Division, and 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10N: Competed at British Columbia VEX Championships – A division.

Team 10V: Competed at Washington Jump Start Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, and 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10X: Competed at Washington Jump Start Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, and Washington VRC Winter Tournament.

Team 10Z: Competed at Washington Jump Start Tournament, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, and 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 575H: Competed at British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Winter Tournament, and 2011 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Our Sixth Year

2011 - 2012

GAME: Gateway (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS:VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10C, 10N, 10Q, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Competed at the Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Team 10B: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Tournament, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Team 10C: Competed at Washington VRC Tournament, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Team 10N: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championships – A division

Team 10Q: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championships – A division

Team 10V: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Tournament, and Oregon VEX Tournament

Team 10X: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championships – A division

Team 10Z: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championships – A division

Team 575H: Washington Jump Start and British Columbia VEX Season Opener

Our Seventh Year

2012 - 2013

GAME: Sack Attack (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS:VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10D, 10Q, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Only competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory.

Team 10B: Competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Central Washington University VRC Tournament, and Western Washington VRC Championship.

Team 10D: Competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory, Central Washington University VRC Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Central Washington VRC High School Championship, and Western Washington VRC Championship.

Team 10Q: Competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Central Washington University VRC Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Central Washington VRC High School Championship, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Team 10V: Competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Central Washington University Jump Start Tournament, Central Washington VRC High School Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Team 10X: Competed at Washington Jump Start, British Columbia VEX Season Opener, Washington VRC Championship, Oregon VEX Tournament, and British Columbia VEX Championships – A Division.

Team 10Z: Competed at Central Washington University VRC Tournament, Washington B Team Tournament, Western Washington VRC Championship, and British Columbia VEX Championship – B Division.

Team 575H: Competed at Washington VEX Idea Factory, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Central Washington University VRC Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Central Washington VRC High School Championship, Western Washington VRC Championship, and British Columbia VEX Championship – A Division.

Our Eighth Year

2013 - 2014

GAME: Toss Up (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10D, 10Q, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10D: Participated in Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup VEX Robotics Tournament, and 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10Q: Participated in British Columbia Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup Vex Robotics Tournament, Western Washington VRC Championship, Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – A Division, and 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10V: Participated in British Columbia Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup Vex Robotics Tournament, Western Washington VRC Championship, Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – A Division, and 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10X: Competed at Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup VEX Robotics Tournament, and Western Washington VRC Championship.

Team 10Z: Competed at British Columbia Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup VEX Robotics Tournament, Western Washington VRC Championship, and Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – B Division.

Team 575H:Participated in Washington Jump Start Tournament, Yakima Valley Winter Tournament, Lake Washington VRC Tournament, and Western Washington VRC Championship.

Our Ninth Year

2014 - 2015

GAME: Skyrise (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10Q, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

This is the first year that Exothermic Robotics hosted the Exothermic Winter tournament, which is now an annual event.

Team 10A: Participated in Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and Cavelero Cup.

Team 10B: Participated in Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Cavelero Cup, and “Do you have Skills?: Skills Only Event”.

Team 10Q: Participated in Participated in Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Cavelero Cup, Western Washington TSA State Championship, and the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10V: Participated in Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and Cavelero Cup.

Team 10X: Participated in the Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Cavelero Cup, and the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship.

Team 10Z: Participated in the Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Cavelero Cup, “Do you have Skills?: Skills Only Event”, and the Western Washington High School VRC Championship.

Team 575H: Participated in Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, California High Desert VEX Robotics High School League, Cavelero Cup, “Do you have Skills?: Skills Only Event”, and the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Our Tenth Year

2015 - 2016

GAME: Nothing But Net (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10D, 10Q, 10V, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Skunkworks VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the All-Washington High School VRC Championship.

Team 10B: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the All-Washington High School VRC Championship.

Team 10D: Participated in the Washington Jump Start Tournament, Skunkworks VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, All-Washington High School VRC Championship, Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – A Division, and the 2016 VEX Worlds.

Team 10Q: Participated in the Washington Jump Start Tournament, Skunkworks VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, All-Washington High School VRC Championship, Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – A Division, and the 2016 VEX Worlds.

Team 10V: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Skunkworks VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Toppenish VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the All-Washington High School VRC Championship.

Team 10X: Participated in the Washington Jump Start Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the All-Washington High School VRC Championship.

Team 10Z: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Skunkworks VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, All-Washington High School VRC Championship, Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – A Division, and the 2016 VEX Worlds.

Team 575H: Participated in the Sunnyside Season Opener, Wahluke VEX Early Season Rumble, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Auburn VEX Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the All-Washington High School VRC Championship.

Our Eleventh Year

2016 - 2017

GAME: Starstruck (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, 10X, 10Z, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Winter Break Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games VEX Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge, WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School, Washington TSA State Conference, and the 2017 VEX Worlds.

Team 10B: Participated in the Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games VEX Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Mukilteo Robotics Last Chance Friday Night Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge, and the WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School.

Team 10C: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, Winter Break Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge, and the WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School.

Team 10D: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, Winter Break Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School.

Team 10E: Participated in the Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, CWU Technology Education VEX Robotics Competition, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, CWU/GearUP VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge.

Team 10X: Participated in the CWU Technology Education VEX Robotics Competition, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games VEX Tournament, CWU/GearUP VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge, WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Championship – Division A.

Team 10Z: Participated in the Goldendale VEX Tournament, Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, WA State Championship VRC Starstruck High School, and the 2017 VEX Worlds.

Team 575H: Participated in the Washington Jump Start VEX Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games VEX Tournament, Highland Games VEX Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the Robot Mesh Skills Only Challenge.

Our Twelfth Year

2017 - 2018

GAME: In The Zone (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, 10N, 10V, 575H

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Participated in the Scrimmage and Open House for VRC, Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, Highland Games, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the Google Last Chance Skills Only Event.

Team 10B: Participated in the Washington Jump Start Tournament, Winter Bash, New Years Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Cavelero Cup, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the WA State High School VRC Championship.

Team 10C: Participated in the Scrimmage and Open House for VRC, Sunnyside Season Opener, Washington Jump Start Tournament, CWU Technology Education VEX Robotics Competition, Winter Bash, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games, Cavelero Cup, In the Zone in Vancouver, Lake Stevens Domo Arigato Mr.Roboto Skills Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the CREATE US Open Robotics Championship.

Team 10D: Participated in the Sunnyside Season Opener, Lake Stevens Halloween Tournament, Cavelero Cup, In the Zone in Vancouver, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the WA State High School VRC Championship.

Team 10E: Participated in the Scrimmage and Open House for VRC, Sunnyside Season Opener, Lake Stevens Halloween Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, CWU Technology Education VEX Robotics Competition, New Years Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Bellingham ROBO-BASH, Cavelero Cup, Lake Stevens Domo Arigato Mr.Roboto Skills Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the CREATE US Open Robotics Championship.

Team 10N: Participated in the Scrimmage and Open House for VRC, Sunnyside Season Opener, Lake Stevens Halloween Tournament, Washington Jump Start Tournament, CWU Technology Education VEX Robotics Competition, Winter Bash, New Years Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games, Bellingham ROBO-BASH, Cavelero Cup, Lake Stevens Domo Arigato Mr.Roboto Skills Tournament, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10V: Participated in Winter Bash, Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Highland Games, Bellingham ROBO-BASH, Cavelero Cup, In the Zone in Vancouver, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the WA State High School VRC Championship.

Team 575H: Participated in Rock and Roll and Robots VRC Qualifier Seattle Preparatory School, Cavelero Cup, In the Zone in Vancouver, Exothermic Winter VRC Challenge, and the WA State High School VRC Championship.

Our Thirteenth Year

2018 - 2019

GAME: Turning Point (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10E, 10N, 10X

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

Team 10A: Participated in the Lake Stevens Turkey Trot VRC Competition, Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Highland Games VRC Tournament, Quantum Midseason Mayhem VRC Tournament, and the WA State High School VRC Championship.

Team 10B: Participated in the Lake Stevens Turkey Trot VRC Competition, Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Highland Games VRC Tournament, Quantum Midseason Mayhem VRC Tournament, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10E: Participated in the Lake Stevens Turkey Trot VRC Competition, Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Quantum Midseason Mayhem VRC Tournament, Cavelero CUP VRC Tournament, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10N: Participated in the Lake Stevens Turkey Trot VRC Competition, Warrior Bash VRC Tournament, Quantum Midseason Mayhem VRC Tournament, WA State High School VRC Championship, and the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship.

Team 10X: Participated in the Cavelero Cup VRC Tournament.

Our Fourteenth Year

2019 - 2020

GAME: Tower Takeover (VRC)

CLUB NICKNAME: Exothermic Robotics Club

CLUB SLOGAN: It was on fire when we got here

TEAM NUMBERS: VRC Team 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E, 10F, 10N, 10X

TEAM LOGO: Bright neon yellow shirts with a cartoon robot and a lot of flames.

In the Tower Takeover season, we were able to have eight teams and all eight teams qualified for state AND competed in eliminations at the State Championship. This was an exciting season because we had teams of all skill levels, and was one of the first seasons we had members that have competed in Vex IQ in middle school.

Student Board Members: President: Vishwa KN, Vice President: Amol Vaidya, Programming Advisor: Thorsten Lannynd, Build Advisor: Arav Singh, Public Relations: Aayan Jain & Alex Evans, Parts Manager: Samir Patel

Team 10A: Team 10A, Exothermic Apex was a second year, freshman and sophomore team. Their team consisted of Aaryan Jain, Thomas Welch, Cindy Su, Aaron Gao, Druhin Bhowal, and Harish Krishna Kumar. In this season, 10A won the Robot Skills Champions at the Spokane Valley Tech VRC Tournament and qualified for state.

Team 10B: Exothermic Blaze (10B) was the only junior team at Exo. Their team consisted of Amol Vaidya, Alexander Tran, Arnav Narula, Harshit Pandey, Helen Wu, Jiajie (Tony) Li, and Ashley Chiu. 10B had a lot of success this season, including winning Tournament Champion the King of the Tower VRC Tournament and the Exothermic Winter Challenge.

Team 10C: 10C Exothermic Creation was a first year, all girls team at Exo. Their team consisted of Ann Li, Helena Zheng, Elizabeth Chen, Esther Liu, Di Mao, and Thaisa Andruscavage. They won many awards throughout the season, including Tournament Champions, Design Award, Excellence Award, Robot Skills Champion, and Tournament Finalists. Additionally, they were they only team at Exo to build a DR4B Claw Bot instead of a Tray Bot.

Team 10D: 10D, Exothermic Dusk was another freshman team at Exothermic Robotics. Their team consisted of Pascal Stevens, Ben Pranzini, Gyan Dave, Jasper Fries, Karan Gumma, and Monisha Krothapalli. 10D also won a lot of awards this season, including Excellence Award and Design Award.

Team 10E: 10E Exothermic Evolution was the only team fourth-year team at Exo in the 2019-2020 season. Their team consisted of Vishwa K Neelakandan, Thorsten Lannynd, Arav Singh, Pranav Sheokand, and Maxim Klvuchko. 10E was one of the two teams that qualified for Worlds, and ranked 13th in the World for World Skills Rankings. At one point in the season, they also had the second highest programming skills score in the world. They won Tournament Champions four times, Robot Skills Champion, Judges Award, Think Award, and Tournament Semifinalists at State.

Team 10F: Team 10F, Exothermic Fusion was a sophomore team at Exo. Their team members were Shashank Sreepathi, Ritvik Vasisht, Sifat Hasan, Pranay Annapantula, Chirag Verma, and Arnav Bhalla. They won Excellence Award at the Spokane Valley Tech VRC Tournament. Additionally, 10F was known to bring joy to the Robot House whenever they’re around.

Team 10N: 10N Exothermic ION was a second-year team at EXO comprised of all seniors. Their members were Alex Evans, Samir Patel, Nicholas Neshev, Luca Chang, Faraz Qureshi, Devang Taneja, and Alissa Harbani. 10N was the other team from Exo that qualified for worlds this season along with 10E. 10N won Tournament Finalists, Tournament Champion, Robot Skills Champion, and Amaze Award in the Tower Takeover season.

Team 10X: Exothermic Excess, otherwise known as team 10X was the third first-year team at Exo. Their team consisted of Neel Garde, Nikolai Bogdev, Rajat Sengupta, Saharsh Maloo, Shoval Balas, and Adhya Kona. 10X won two awards this season, which were Tournament Champion at the King of the Tower VRC Tournament and Tournament Finalists at the Exothermic Winter Challenge.

Online Challenge: Another important event that happened this season was that Exothermic Robotics had its first website! Team 10C decided to create a website for the club, which was also used as a submission for the Website Online Challenge (and they won second place!). Additionally, 10C also competed in the Community Award online challenge where they talked about their contributions to the community.