The Hitchhikers Robot Team


From alternative school, Middle College High School, a team was born: The Robotics Team.

Comprised of students from grades 9-12, the team called "The Hitchikers," participated in the nationwide "FIRST" (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) student robotics competition, a unique challenge for students to test their skill, knowledge, and willpower, by applying principles of science and technology. Students are given six weeks to design, build, and test the robot for an intense three-day competition that resembles the most exciting spectator sports. The robot is made of 1/4" clear polycarbonate.

Thanks to sponsors like TAP Plastics, the students of TEAM 1151, The Hitchikers, have managed to perform phenomenally well, winning the first four trophies the school has ever received!

• Xerox Creativity Award 2003, Sacramento (only rookie team in the U.S. to win)
• Rookie of the Year, Cal Games 2003
• Highest Seeded Rookie Team, Cal Games 2003
• Human Player Challenge Champion, Cal Games 2003 (had 3 times the score of the nearest competitor)

Way to go Middle College High! Congratulations!