By Richard Brammer
Vacaville High sophomore Austin Haddox, 15, neatly summed up why the Robodogs, the school’s robotics team, enjoyed third place after more than two days of competition at the Sacramento-Davis Regional Robotics Competition in Davis.
Shortly after noon, standing amid the cavernous ARC Pavilion on the University of California, Davis, campus, where the competition was held, he said the team was “focused” and its robot, built in January and February, was “reliable.”
The Robodogs on Saturday, indeed, appeared focused as they worked out of their 10-by-10-foot makeshift pod on the gymnasium floor. There, more than 50 other Northern California teams had gathered for the competition, sometimes called “a varsity sport for the mind.”