Seven Park Tudor Families gave up part of their spring break to participate in the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Tournament. Panther Robotics Team Stink Eye, made up of 6th graders Matthew Bender, Matthew Gomez, Logan Miller, and Yash Dandamudi, went 6-4 in the qualification matches, finishing in a respectable 31st place out of 93 teams. Team PigPen, made up of 7th graders Zach Phelps and Humza Raza, had their best tournament yet, winning all ten of their qualification matches and finishing 3rd overall.
Heading into the elimination rounds, team PigPen drafted a team from Shanghai, China, along with Team Stink Eye, making it the third time this season that Panther Robotics teams were competing together in the elimination rounds. They won 6 straight matches in the elimination rounds before reaching the finals. They dominated in the first match, but unfortunately the teams lost their next two matches. Both teams won tournament finalist awards and received the high honor of finishing 2nd in the nation. Team PigPen won two additional awards including the CREATE "AMAZE" Award and another Robot Skills Award.
Team PigPen will finish their season competing at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky from April 19-22. There will be a live stream of this event publicly available, which you can access on the "Webcast" tab of the competition site. This event is also free and open to the public!