Rex Hosts Toss Up! Report

Saturday, June 15th, Team 3077 headed to Dulaney High School in Timonium, MD for the first official event of the VEX Toss Up season. Zinc Iridium had a mixed day on the field, battling with a stubborn glitch in our left drive wheel. But we were able to go 4-3 and end up 11th seed overall (out of 35 teams). We were selected by 1727A to join the 7th seed alliance along with 929V but lost to the eventual tournament champs in the Quarterfinal round. 3077 was tied for first place in the programming skills challenge and come home with the Sportsmanship Award and the Design award. The Design award win qualifies 3077 for the MD State VEX Championships to be held next March.

A New Season!

Our VEX Toss Up season has begun. The team is so excited to get going again after our great time at VEX Worlds. Lots of ideas and strategy being discussed, but we will be building V1 of this years bot soon.

Zinc Iridium qualifies for World Championship

The King’s Christian Academy is proud to announce that their Upper School Robotics Team, Zinc Iridium, captured the coveted Design Award at the VEX Robotics Mid-Atlantic Championship, held March 9th, 2013 in Westminster, MD. This prestigious award qualifies the team to participate in the Vex World Championship, which will be held in Anaheim, California from April 17-20, 2013. The VEX World Championship is host to the elite of robotics teams from across the nation and around the world, and will include top teams from over 350 VEX Robotics Competition tournaments.

The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization. This victory comes on the heels of Zinc Iridium’s FIRST Tech Challenge Maryland State Tournament win, where they were members of the winning alliance. Overall this season, Zinc Iridium has won five judged awards, was a finalist for three others, and has been in the elimination rounds at almost every tournament in which we have competed.

Zinc Iridium would like to thank our corporate sponsors, The Joey A. Miller Foundation, Spaulding Consulting, Precise Systems and Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation for making this very successful season possible. Their generous funding provides for the robot parts, equipment, travel, and registration fees necessary to compete in the robotics arena. Should your organization or company be interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of these future engineers, please contact The King’s Christian Academy online at or call 301-994-3080.

Team 3077 Season Update 2

January 2013 found Zinc Iridium starting out with our second Southern Maryland VEX League qualification play day. We went 6 and 2 again and remain in 4th place in the league. Congratulations to team 5977A, Angle Warriors of La Plata High School for mathematically clinching the number one seed in the league. Next and final play day is Feb 2nd.

January 12th took the team up to the US Naval Academy for our second FIRST Tech Challenge MD state qualifier. 3077 was 6-2 again ending up 7th in the rankings against some very tough other teams. We were picked by the fourth seed team to join their alliance but could not withstand the crush of the 1st seed alliance. However we did win the PTC Design Award and were also a finalist for the Rockwell Collins Innovate award, again.

Team 3077 Season Update 1

On December 8th Zinc Iridium was honored to host the second qualifier day for the Southern Maryland VEX league. With 22 teams attending, the cafeteria at the King’s Christian Academy was full of hard working students. Team 3077 went 6-2 for the day which put us 4th in the league rankings (30 teams) after two days of qualifiers. The next qualifier day is January 5th @ Patuxent High School.

On December 15th 3077 attended the FTC Southern Maryland Qualifier at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center host by our friends FTC 2843 – Under the Son. Team 3077 had another good day winning 3 matches out of 6. Two other matches ended in 0-0 ties due to penalties. All said and done we were 4th out of the field of 16 teams and were selected to join team 4452 the Wolverines from Watkins Mills High School on the 3rd seed alliance.

We were beat by the 2nd seed alliance in the semi-finals but had a great day. Team 3077 was also a finalist for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, but did not bring home any trophy’s. Our next FTC Qualifier is January 12th the the US Naval Academy!

Great Job KCA Robotics!

NW Maryland VEX wrapup

A good day for team 3077. We ended the day 4-3 and the robot performed well all day. Team spirit was very high and it showed every match. Thanks to team 4300B for picking us to join the 8th seed alliance. 3077 was privileged to play all three matches of the quarterfinal round against the first seed alliance. Even though we were able to win the first match we were overwhelmed the second two matches and were eliminated.

AND we received a special Judges award highlighting or team spirit, robot performance and helpfulness to other teams!

2012-2013 FTC Season

FTC Kickoff is Sept 8th! First robotics meeting of the school year is during Morning break Friday August 24 in the Modular. See me for a pass. We will work out the schedule then.

Team members need to enter their info @

This replaces the paper consent forms required by FIRST.

See you next week!