Galt High School students from the G-Tech robotics team competed in a regional tournament Saturday in San Francisco and were one round away from qualifying for the VEX World Championship to be held in April in Anaheim, teacher Debra Crane reported.
Students have been working on a robot they had designed, built and programmed for this year's VEX Gateway competition.
The team came in 2nd place at a scrimmage in Modesto and did not place at a competition in Ceres, but they had made a lot of modifications over this last month and felt really good about their chances at Saturday's event, according to Crane.
"They were definitely on the right track," she wrote in a staff e-mail update.
After 24 scrimmage rounds, the team had the highest number of score points making Galt a strong contender for the finals and were one of four that moved on to the semi-finals and then the finals. G-Tech's alliance, however, came up short four points in the third and final round.
"I've been competing on the robotics team for four years, and this is the closest we've ever gotten to the world championship," student Cameron Nelson said.
"I can't tell you how exciting it is."
Other students who attended the Treasure Island tournament included Francisco Castellanos, Natalie Lizama, Julio Orozco, Matt Swank and Nick Werblun. Other team members unable to attend are Brandon Skalin and Mason Holland.