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86868: The Resistance was an independent competitive robotics team from Santa Clara, California consisting of brothers Bryon Tjanaka and Dylon Tjanaka. From 2016-2019, the team competed in the high school division of the VEX Robotics Competition as team number 86868. In its inaugural season playing the game Starstruck, the team experienced unprecedented success, winning 13 regional tournaments and the 2017 VEX Robotics High School World Championship. Until its retirement in 2019, The Resistance continued to experience great success, gathering numerous accolades and winning the 2018 California State Championship. In total, The Resistance received 93 awards in its three-season career.

A Brief History

Apr. 24, 2016 Founding

Bryon and Dylon start The Resistance in their garage in Santa Clara, California. For its first season, the team plays the game VEX Starstruck.

The Resistance in the garage

Aug. 7, 2016 First Tournament & Victory

At their first tournament, Santa Clara Fair Starstruck, The Resistance takes home the Tournament Champion and Robot Skills Champion titles.

Santa Clara Fair Starstruck champions

Sep. 2016 - Mar. 2017 Starstruck

With their robot Rebel, The Resistance competes in 12 VEX Starstruck tournaments and the 2017 California State Championship, receiving 32 more awards.

Programming skills match at a tournament on the Google campus.

Apr. 8, 2017 2017 Reveal Video

Apr. 22, 2017 World Champions!

After three days of intense competition, The Resistance allies with teams 7258A and 8192D to win the 2017 World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky!
Media: CBS Sports, Silicon Valley Voice, PR Newswire

Shortly after receiving the world champion trophy.

Jul. 13, 2017 2016-2017 Season Recap

Sep. 2017 - Feb. 2018 In the Zone

The Resistance competes in 12 VEX In the Zone tournaments with its robot Revolt, winning 28 awards.

Revolt, the robot built by The Resistance for In The Zone.

Mar. 10, 2018 State Champions!

The Resistance wins the 2018 California State Championship with teams 920C and 21246X!

After winning the state championship.

Apr. 28, 2018 Arts Division Semifinalist

The Resistance finishes as a semifinalist in the Arts division at the 2018 World Championship.

Celebrating with team Hope of Syria after winning a qualification match.

Sep. 7, 2018 2017-2018 Season Recap

Sep. 2018 - Feb. 2019 The Resistance Plays Turning Point

The Resistance competes in 10 VEX Turning Point tournaments with its robot Rascal, winning 27 awards.

Rascal, the robot built by The Resistance for Turning Point.

Feb. 4, 2019 Signature Event Champion

The Resistance allies with team Z-Squared to win the University of South Florida Signature Event.

Shortly after winning the event.

Apr. 24, 2019 2019 Early Season Reveal

Apr. 24-27, 2019 2019 World Championship

The Resistance competes in the 2019 World Championship.

May 2019 Retirement

After 3 seasons competing in the VEX Robotics Competition, The Resistance retires when Dylon graduates from high school.


Rebel (2016-2017)

2017 Teaser

2017 Reveal

2016-2017 Season Recap

Sammy (2017)


Revolt (2017-2018)

2017-2018 Season Recap

Rascal (2018-2019)

2019 Early Season Reveal

2019 Programming Skills Practice


2017 VEX High School World Championship Finals 2

2018 VEX High School World Championship Arts R16 5-1

2019 University of South Florida Signature Event Finals 1

2017 VEX High School World Championship Round Robin (Playlist)

Assorted matches (Playlist)



Online Challenges


VEX Forum posts


The Resistance is proud to be affiliated with the following alliances:

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Camel Alliance

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Breadstick Alliance