We just saw another great day of robotics at Maribyrnong College. Maribyrnong saw 18 teams playing VEX In The Zone and 4 teams playing VEX Ring Master. Teams traveled from around greater Melbourne to put the latest iterations of their robots to the test. It was amazing to see how much progress teams have made since their last tournament at RMIT.
The VEX IQ Ringmaster field was a real highlight at the tournament. The 4 year 7 teams from St Mary’s Coptic College, Maribyrnong College and Copperfield College showed some of the best team work I have ever seen at at a VEX tournament. Between the Teamwork challenge and the robot skills challenge the teams took a 2 hour to work together upgrading everyone's robots. To see so much collaboration between competitors was amazing to see. At the end of the tournament St Mary’s 3048z and Maribyrnong 3032z walked away with with the teamwork prize. And St Mary’s 3048y took home robot skills.
The fast paced VEX In The Zone games were extraordinary to watch. The robots have evolved by leaps and bounds since the September RMIT tournament. Almost every team came to play with an entirely re-developed robots. It is incredible how students can design completely different robots from one another to solve the same problem. At the end of the day the tournament champions were an alliance made out of both Hillcrest teams and an Emmaus team. Hillcrest 7479A also took home the Excellence Award for their over all achievements in the tournament, design and robot skills. A special mention needs to go out to Copperfield College who awed the judges with the most comprehensive engineering notebook that they have ever seen and for taking home the robot skills award.
We would not have been able to run such a great tournament without the support of our volunteers, Maribyrnong College and our facilities coordinator Rianne Burroughs.