Aluminum Falcons Take the Stage at VEX Robotics Worlds

The VEX Robotics team, Aluminum Falcons, participated in the VEX Robotics World Championship, lasting until the quarter finals of the tournament.


Courtesy of Krish Shah

The Aluminum Falcons built their VEX robot last August, gaining new parts and assembling the robot throughout the year. “We’ve been working, testing several designs,” junior Krish Shah said. “If it doesn’t work, we restart, find a new design, and make sure it works.”

On May 3, teams from all over the world attended the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas. The cut-throat competition, hosted at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, invited over 3,000 teams from 36 countries to showcase their robot and expertise in coding world-class AI technology, as well as their teamwork, communication, and effective problem solving skills. 

The Aluminum Falcons consist of 3 members: Rock Ridge juniors Aditiya Kidiyoor, Krish Shah, and Independence junior Aadarsh Justin. Kidiyoor was the robot driver, and Justin and Shah collaborated to code.. They worked outside of school to build their world-class robot and to prepare it for competition. The team has been working together for four years now, and they have qualified for Worlds every year since they were freshmen.

The robots that the Aluminum Falcons have built are based on the different types of matches that the robot will go through in various tournaments. “Our objective was to get mobile goals [shaped as rings], put them on platforms, and make sure the [opposing] team gets the lowest amount of goals,” Shah said.

This year, the Aluminum Falcons attended 3 regional competitions. The team placed first in the qualifier matches, but lost during the semifinals at the Northern Virginia January VEX Tipping Point. The Aluminum Falcons were able to advance to the finals despite placing 10th during the qualifier matches at the Mall VRC Tournament. Their hard work at this tournament was recognized with the Excellence Award, the highest award given to a team.

The Aluminum Falcons earned their spot in the VEX Robotics World Competition as they were awarded 3rd place in the state for skills and made it into the semifinals. “We did well in the first round of 16,” Shah said. “[In the quarterfinals] we lost by 2 points, 127 to 125. It was a pretty good match though; we learned a lot.”

The Aluminum Falcons hope to qualify for VEX Robotics World Competition next year during the 2022-2023 season. During this time, they will have access to new parts and build a new robot designed around upcoming competitions.