We had a great Nationals tournament on Saturday. Congratulations to all of the teams and especially Excellence award winners Hillcrest 7479 and 10911 From Goulburn High School who are off to the world championships to represent Australia. Our special guests, Andy Lee (innovation First), Warren Weeks (Innovation First), Paul Copioli (President VEX Robotics) and Chris Hamling (President Kiwibots) were very impressed on the caliber of robots that were at the nationals and were very happy to see how far we have come over the past year. I had the pleasure of announcing the event which meant I got to watch almost every match. I was impressed by the teams and their robots. I think the most impressing thing to see was how the students started working together as a community of young engineers rather than opposing teams.
The Hillcrest College – Galen Alliance faced off against the Emmaus, Borinya and 8999A alliance for the finals. They went on for the best 3 rounds of robotics I have seen all year. The tournament was won by the power house Hillcreast-Galen alliance. The judged awards went to the all-girl team from Highvale College took hoe the design award and team 8999A took home the judges award.
I need to give a very special thanks to Maree Timms and her team from Galen. They went above and beyond to facilitate the event. Through Maree’s work we managed to get coverage with every major media outlet in the region.
I also need to thank Chris Hamling from Kiwibots for helping set up the network and making sure our live feed was up and running. Because of his efforts we had almost 400 people from around watching our event live.
Katherine Hyland also needs a huge thank you for stepping in to run the VEX IQ side of the tournament. It was great to see the VEX IQ in action and I can’t wait to see how much that sector grows in the coming year.
Huge thanks as well to all of our judges and referees, Simon and Mark our tech inspection team, Rianne our photographer, and everyone else who gave a hand throughout the day.