World championship robotics competition: A bittersweet day for the D'Penguineers

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And so the celebrated D'Penguineers from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta won the creativity award but lost its last two matches in the World Championship Robotics Competition last weekend in St. Louis, Missouri.The two heart-breaking  losses wrecked the team's chances for a championship. Here's the excellent summing up by the NoozHawk online newspaper produced by students from the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy public relations and events team. Nicholas Perez, an ace driver for the D'Penguineers, is shown partially with his coach Amir Abo-Shaeer in the second photo in the link below. 
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/dpenguineers_get_creativity_award_but_fall_in_robotics_world_championships

Perez commented,  "Even though we lost in the semi-finals due to field issues that were uncontrollable and unforeseen, we are still considered one of the most elite teams with one of the strongest robots in the world.  Our robot was the highest scoring robot out of 402 competing robots.  Basketball legend and the NBA's highest scoring player, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, came and watched our team compete and dominate on the field.  He said he was really impressed with our shooting."

Suggestion: go to the bottom of the link to get more information on the D'Penguineers and the  Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy.  It's widely known as one of the best high school engineering programs in the country. 
 

Above, D'Penguineer's 1717 drive team (from left to right):  Lane Fuller, Nick De Heras, Jamil Abo-Shaeer, Coach Amir Abo-Shaeer, Nicholas Perez, and on the bottom Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  b3