Skyline Spartabots Win World Championship

 The robot used at the championship

The robot used at the championship

 Team photo after winning

Team photo after winning

The Skyline High School Spartabots won the World Championship competition, held in Houston, TX, for FIRST Robotics. They spent the early part of this calendar year building a robot to meet this year's FIRST challenge. They competed in 2-day events in Mt. Vernon and Auburn Mountainview in February and March, earning enough points to qualify for Northwest district championships in Portland. The NW region has 155 teams, and 64 went to the district championships. Skyline was 16th of 32 teams from Portland that qualified for the World Championships in Houston. In Houston, there were 6 divisions of around 64 teams each from all over the world that played two days of randomized team qualifying rounds. At the end of qualifying rounds, a draft occurs in each division, creating eight 4-team alliances. In the Hopper division, team 256 (the top-seeded Cheezy Poofs from San Jose CA and winner of four world championships), selected team 148 (the Robo Ranglers from Greenville TX), the Spartabots, and team 3075 (the Ha-Dream Team from Israel). The team proceeded to win every match to win the Hopper division. The six division winners then played a set round-robin matches, playing each of the other division winners once, and won all of the matches to continue on to the final two match in Minute Maid stadium that night. In a best two of three format, the Hopper division alliance won two matches in a row to become Houston World Champions!