Robotic team competes in Madtown Throwdown

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The Winters robotics team, known as Team: 6174 or Kaprekar’s Constants, competed in Madtown Throwdown 2018, which takes place in Madera, Calif. For the second year in a row the team made it through the qualification rounds to become alliance captains. After nine qualifying matches, which played out from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and 8 a.m. to noon the next day, Kaprekar’s Constants ranked fourth place out of 34 robots. This meant that they were guaranteed a place in the quarter finals. Kaprekar’s Constants won their first quaterfinals match with 345 points to 276 point. Their second match was the closest of all the matches played in the two day tournament. Winters lost, 300 to 306. They won their last match 351 to 298, and went on to the semifinals in the fourth place seat. The team was not excited to enter the semifinals in fourth place. They would have prefered to be lower in the rankings, because the fourth place seat immediatly goes up against the number one seated team. The top seated team was able to create an insurmountable lead at the beginning of the match while the Winters alliance had to play defense. Kaprekar’s Constants lost their first semifinals match 539 to 138, and their second 436 to 169. They ended the tournament in fourth place. Even though the team was disappointed, the family members in the stands were impressed. Stephanie Chavez, older sister to team member Alex Chavez, says that she was was impressed to see the Kaprekar’s Constants go up against more advanced robots. “You can tell by our bot,” Chavez said, “You’re like, ‘Oh, we built it’–’Oh, they bought it.’” Lucilla Escamilla, mother to current team member Diego Escamilla and former team member turned member Julia Escamilla, says that she is always impressed to see how much the Winters team can do against bigger schools from the Silicon Valley region. For more information about the robotics team, see the feature story on B1. ]]>

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