Wood’s MakerSpace is where Alameda’s high school, middle school and 5th grade robotics teams meet and build their engineering creations. Wood students get a first-hand view of work in progress as they attend other classes held in the space. Here’s an update from Maria Thorne, our Wood PTA Robotics Liaison and parent of recent Wood alums.
“The high school FIRST FRC robotics team, the Alameda Aztechs – FRC 4186, competed at an off-season robotics competition this past Friday and Saturday at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale. We ended the qualifying matches ranked 3rd out of 36 teams. We made it all the way to our second semi-final match where our alliance of three robots was finally eliminated which gave us a 3rd place finish overall. We had a bad battery that match and one of our alliance partners was having trouble with their shooter. The team went in to this event with no expectations so it was nice to do so well and everyone had a lot of fun!
Our team is open to all high school students on the island no matter what school they attend as long as they are age 14 and older. We will be having a meeting for new members soon and will get our new challenge at the beginning of January. The team builds their robots at the Makerspace at Wood Middle School. Please let me know if you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the team. We are also always looking for donations and sponsors.
Last, but not least, here is a video of all of the teams that were at CalGames 2016. We are featured at approx. the 1:15 mark. :)”