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.
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)
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
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.