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Welcome to the official website of the 2013 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge! Here you’ll find event general information and results from the competition.

2013 Sonoma County Robotics Challenge
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Elsie Allen High School
599 Bellevue Avenue, Santa Rosa


NXT Drag
1st Place | Austin Creek
2nd Place | Austin Creek
3rd Place | Strawberry

RCX Drag
1st Place | Meadow
2nd Place | Meadow
3rd Place | Kenwood

Free Form Beginner
1st Place | Santa Rosa French-American Charter
2nd Place | Fitch Mountain
3rd Place | Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter

Free Form Advanced
1st Place | Austin Creek
2nd Place | Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter
3rd Place | Kashia

Hit the Brick
1st Place | St Francis Solano
2nd Place | Meadow
3rd Place | Meadow

RCX Sumo
1st Place | Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter
2nd Place | Roseland Charter
3rd Place | Fitch Mountain

NXT Sumo
1st Place | Strawberry Elementary School
2nd Place | Willowside Middle
3rd Place | Adele Harrison

1st Place | Austin Creek
2nd Place | Kashia
3rd Place | Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter

Special Awards
Against All Odds Award | Proctor Terrace
Genius Programmer Award | Austin Creek
Golden Propeller Head Grand Prize Award | Austin Creek
McGyver Design Award | Proctor Terrace
Team Spirit Award | Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter

Official Rules

Bull Dozer: This event takes place in a 4-foot by 4-foot space with 8-ounce soda cans filled with sand. Competitors must design robots that detect the cans and bull doze them to “target areas.” The winning robot is the one that earns the most points by pushing the soda cans to the target areas in the least amount of time. Bull Dozer (pdf)

Drag Racing: The objective of this contest is to race your robot on a track that is 16 feet long and beat your opponent to the finish line. This year’s drag racing competition is open to grade 4-5 students only. Drag Racing Rules (pdf)

Free Form: This year’s Free Form event challenges teams to explore the theme of “Basketball” with bonus points added for creating a routine or story on this theme. Entries will be judged on the robot’s ability to follow action scripts, difficulty of tasks, and adherence to the theme. Participants may choose to enter the Beginning or Advanced competition categories in this event. Free Form Rules (pdf)

Hit the Brick: A variation on last year’s line following event, this activity requires competitors to design robots that recognize and follow a black line from start to finish and, in the end, hit a brick. The winner completes the course in the fastest time. Hit the Brick Rules (pdf)

Off Road Racing: Off Road Racing involves a 16-foot long course with blocks of wood placed at different intervals. The object of this event is to overcome the barriers, stay on track, and finish with the best time. Off Road Racing Rules (pdf)

Sumo: Robot sumo wrestling engages two robot contestants in trying to push each other out of a circular ring. The first robot to touch the floor outside of the ring loses. The last robot remaining in the ring wins. NXT and RCX robots no larger than eight inches square can compete for the top award. Sumo Rules (pdf)


Golden Propeller Head: A trophy is given to the team that best represents the spirit of the games by demonstrating excellence in teamwork, mechanical design, programming, and performance. The trophy is kept at their school until the following year’s competition, when it is handed off to the new team. The team’s name is engraved into a plaque on the side of the trophy.

MacGyver Award for Design Innovation: Awarded to the team whose robot demonstrates the best functional practicality and aesthetic appeal.

Grand Gear Head Award for Mechanical Design: Awarded to the team whose robot best demonstrates solid mechanical design and function.

Genius Programmer Award: Awarded to the team that demonstrates the best use of robot programming.

Team Spirit Award: This award goes to the team that most enthusiastically demonstrates a commitment to getting others to see how accessible, fun, and rewarding science and technology can be, especially when you’re part of a great team. Displays chronicling your team’s outreach efforts are encouraged.

Teamwork Award: This award is presented to the team that demonstrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit, exceptional partnership, utmost respect to their own teammates, and support and encouragement of other teams.

Best Overall Robot Performance Award: If your robot is performing ahead of the pack and the high scores are racking up, you are destined to receive this award.

Against All Odds Award: If you walked to the tournament in the rain, barefoot, through a jungle of angry robot-hating gorillas, this award may be for you! The award goes to the team that has come from the back of the pack to demonstrate grace under pressure, while improvising and adapting to overcome all obstacles that have been thrown their way.


  • Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners
    (707) 524-2847,