RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA Saahil Parikh is an 8th grader living in Rancho Palos Verdes and has been competing in numerous Vex Robotics competitions for the past three years. Vex Robotics is recognized world wide and is sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation besides NASA and,
In 2014-2015 year, Parikh and his team competed and won against a number of regional teams and won numerous awards including the tournament championship awards, design awards, judges choice awards to name a few. With hard work and persistence they were selected to compete in the California State Championship in February. There the team again won the Programming Skills Award and Design Award.
In March this year, their Programming Skills Challenge made them the #1 middle school team in the world and #7 in all of 750 middle and high school teams in the world. Parikh is the lead programmer on the robot and is the brain behind the robot’s autonomous functions. He codes in Robot C primarily, but knows a few other robot programming languages. It was his efforts in the field of robot programming that got his team qualified to compete in the most prestigious Vex Robotics World Championship. About 150 middle school teams from 27 different countries, including a team from New Delhi, India, arrived at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, on April 13.
At the 2015 Vex Skyrise Robotics Championship Parikh and his team 7700B won the most prestigious of all “Excellence Award” and came 2nd in place in programming in the world to win another sought after “Programming Skills” Award.