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VEX Robotics @ RMIT

This past Monday RMIT opened their Storey Hall  for our 2nd VEX In The Zone tournament of the season. 25 teams from across the greater Melbourne area played over 50 matches robotics action. The RMIT tournament was a definite showcase of how robots evolve between tournaments. We saw teams robots evolve in efficiency and entirely new designs emerge. Teams like Sydenhams Copperfield College came in punching with new well thought autonomous routines and a re-designed robot. Dandenong High School made their In The Zone debut with some really ingenious robot designs that caught their competition off guard. First time competitors Gisborne Secondary College came to RMIT with an excellent robots looking like a veteran robotics team.

Hillcrest College walked away with another Excellence award proving their robotics dominance. A special mention needs to go to Copperfield College who took home the new SMC Pneumatics sponsored Amaze award.

 

A special thanks needs to go Margaret Jollands and her massive team of volunteers. Without their support we would not been able to pull off such an excellent tournament. We look forward to seeing the RMIT university teams competing at this years nationals in Wangaratta.

 

 

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Melbourne Technology and Gadget Expo

 

This last weekend we ran an exhibition tournament and display at the Technology & Gadget Expo in Melbourne. The Saturday tournament was the highlight of the Expo drawing the biggest crowds of the day. Every match he VEX In The Zone field was surrounded by spectators cheering supporting their favorite alliances. Teams from St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College, Maribyrnong College, Hazel Glen College and Highvale College showed thousands of Melbournites what competitive robotics really is and way it is such an engaging way of learning about STEM.

 

The final match was played between a St Mary’s Coptic - Highvale College red alliance and a Maribyrnong blue alliance. At the end of the day The St Mary’s - Highvale alliance took home the tournament champions award. Maribyrnong was not left empty handed though, they walked away with the Judges Award proving their exceptional design and sportsmanship.

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Hazel Glen - VEX In The Zone Season Opener

 

This past Saturday Hazel Glen College hosted the first VEX In The Zone tournament of the year. We had 21 teams travel from across Victoria testing their robot skills on the field. Teams played a total of 8 matches leading up to the finals. At the end of qualifying only 1 team stood undefeated, St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox College. St Mary’s, team 3048A chose team 89999A and team 7479B to be their alliance partners for the finals. The three teams worked their way through the quarter and semi finals undefeated. The final match was a hard battle, but the St Mary’s alliance came through victorious winning the tournament.

 

A special mention needs to go out to the Highvale D team. This all girls team had the most exceptional engineering notebook with a very well documented design process. The girls took home the Autodesk Design award.

 

We need to send a very special thanks to all of our volunteers, without them we would have been unable to run such a great event.

 

This tournament was sponsored by Autodesk Education, Creature Technologies and DATTA Victoria.

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Call For Volunteers

 

Competitive robotics tournaments rely on volunteers to make everything happen.  Volunteering at robotics competitions is a very rewarding activity where individuals become role models inspiring students. We are looking for volunteers who have an understanding and a passion for technology and a drive to work with others.

 

Volunteers will be provided with training before the events and will receive lunch at any full day event that they attend. Depending on roles and venues volunteers may need to have a working with children check.

 

Current Roles

 

Judges:

 

Judges interview robotics teams and evaluate their designs in order to determine award winners. They also have the opportunity to help students understand the engineering design process by giving them pointers and goals for the next events. The judges typically start once the tournament has got underway and help hand out trophies at the end.

 

Referees:

 

Each robotics field requires two referrers. Their job is to make sure the students follow the rules of the game and to calculate the points scored. This role is great for sports enthusiasts who like to see new sporting strategies at play.

 

Technical Inspection:

 

The Technical inspectors inspect student robots before they are allowed to compete. They make sure that the robots are safe and compliant with the rules of the game. Technical inspectors also have the ability to work with students and give advice on robot builds and programming. This role is normally finished once the tournament commences and is great for those who only can volunteer for part of the day.

 

Contact Travis Burroughs @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details

 

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Industry Update Publication

Industry Update has just published an article about our VEX Robotics program in Australia.  They have also decided to sponsor teams at the Peninsula School just south of Melbourne. It is great to see Industrial partners supporting the VEX program here in Australia.

 

Industry Update article

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Goulburn at the VEX IQ Worlds

 

The Wollondilly Roobots traveled to Louisville Kentucky to participate in the 2017 Vex Robotics World Championships this April. The team consisted of Mary Hyland, William Hyland and Lucas Ottley from Wollondilly Public School, Goulburn , NSW. The team had great success and can't wait to start on Ringmaster.

 


The VEX IQ program has a number of different challenges that the students can participate in.  Before the team left for America they had completed 3 online challenges; Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge, VEX Robotics Photography Challenge and the VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award.  The team achieved a finalist position in the  VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award and are already working on next years challenge.

 

 

At the Worlds team participated in 10 Qualifying matches wit h teams from across the world.  At the end of the qualifying matches the team ranked 36th.  unfortunately only the top 20 teams move onto the finals, however the Wollondilly Roobots robot was able to compete in all matches showing that their design was reliable and robust.

 

During the event teams had to present their STEM Project.  This year's theme was Robotic Technology in our Community. After a 4 minute presentation and 5 minutes of questioning from the judges the team was awarded the STEM Project Award.  The Team and Coach are over the moon with this achievement which has shown that hard work can pay off.  

 

 

At the Worlds Mary went to a Girl Power program and meet some amazing women in STEM occupations, including the Captain of Witch Doctor from Battlebots ,Andrea Suarez. The team got into the spirit with their mascot "Skippy" being an event favorite for photos, however the vegemite was not as warmly welcomed. Overall it was a great experience with lots of new friends made.

 

 

If anyone out there wants to know more about VEX IQ or any of the challenges the team has participated get in contact with Katherine Hyland at Goulburn High School.

 

 Regards,

 

Katherine Hyland

 

Head Teacher Science

Goulburn High School

(02) 48214022

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VEX IQ Nationals in Wangaratta

 

At the VEX IQ Nationals held in Wangaratta an exciting competition unfolded. Students started the day by submitting their engineering book for the Design award and STEM project. The judges then interviewed each team and heard all the wonderful things the students have been working on. Both sections were taken out by Team 10911

 

The Skills Challenge then took place with students scoring points in a 1 minute autonomous challenge and individual 1 minute driver challenge.  The scores are then combined to get the overall winner. The scores were very close for the driver section with teams scoring 28-31 points. In the autonomous section team 10911 scored a massive 29 points.

 

Then the tournament began. Teams competed with each other to gain a combined score that goes towards and individual teams total throughout the tournament. The top 4 teams then competed in the finals. The finals were played by 10911 and 11123A up against 11123B and 51180A. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the final series wins the Teamwork Challenge award and was  11123B and 51180A.

 

The judges award went to team 11123A for all their hard work in all areas and their overall sportsmanship. 

 

The overall Excellence award was awarded to team 10911 for their work across all areas of the competition. 

By winning the Excellence Award 10911 have been invited to compete at the World Championships for VEX Robotics.

Congratulations to all students that participated, having the motivation and enthusiasm to be involved and complete the problem is half way to success.

 

 

Katherine Hyland

Head Teacher Science

Goulburn High School

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Australian VEX Nationals

  

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. 

 

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Emmaus College Tournament

 

Yesterday at Emmaus College we saw the largest VEX tournament ever ran in Australia. There were 20 teams from across the Melbourne region battling it out for robot glory in the final Melbourne VEX Starstruck tournament of the season.  The tournament started at 10am in the morning with 25 intensive qualifying matches. I was blown away by how much the robots improved from our first tournament season. Almost every team had an autonomous routine that ran the whole 15 second autonomous period and each robot was scoring points.  This is compared to the Camberwell tournament back in August where only 2 robots had autonomous programming.  Special mention needs to go the Highvale D team, an all-girls rookie team who could constantly score 7 points during autonomous.  

 

The tournament champions were Hillcrest Christian College 7479, Emmaus College 6149 and Camberwell High School 4913C. This powerhouse alliance worked hard through the finals to take the tournament championship title.  The Judges Award was awarded to Highvale D, there all around excellent robot was very well designed , and not only did it have the best Autonomous it was the only robot in the tournament that could high hang.  The Autodesk Design award was awarded to Camberwell 4913B. 4913B had a very well documented unique claw design that proved to be very efficient throughout the tournament. The highest award in the tournament was awarded to Hillcrest Christian College 7479 for all around good robot build, design, sportsmanship and high tournament rankings.  7479 will have to work hard over the next few weeks if they want to keep the Excellence title at the Dec 3rd Nationals. 

 

Pictures from the Tournament ---> https://goo.gl/photos/hQcQHTi6jRREqSZ59

 

 

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Robotics in Glen Waverley

 

On Saturday September 3rd, Highvale College and DATTA Victoria hosted the second VEX Robotics event of the season. The tournament was a great success with 14 teams from around Victoria competing. Teams played 7 matches of qualifying before moving onto the finals. The least round of the finals was incredibly exciting as 2 teams from the host school Highvale went up against an alliance of two schools from Emmaus and Hillcrest. They went a full three rounds with the highest autonomous scores of the season. Highvale D, an all-girls team even managed to get the first high hanging bonus of the season. At the end of the finals the Highvale/Emmaus alliance won the tournament. Emmaus also took home the Creature Technologies Programming award and the DATTA Victoria Excellence Award. Hillcrest B won the Autodesk Design Award, Maribyrnong College won the create award, and Highvale D won the judges choice award.

Pictures of the event à https://goo.gl/photos/ERcwchsfnmRngpf58

 

We have seen unbelievable growth in competitive robotics this season and are in need of support to purchase a second robotics field. If you are interested in helping please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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DATTA Vic Starstruck Season Opener

 

15 teams from around Melbourne competed at the 2016 Starstruck season opener at Camberwell High School.  The season opener brought a whole new level of energy to VEX Robotics in Australia. Out of the 15 Teams 10 had never competed in a VEX event before. That did not stop them from pushing hard and dominating the event. The new teams  from Highvale College showed   incredible programming skill, will all four teams having the most consistent autonomous runs in the tournament. A group of year 7 students from Camberwell High School held their own all the way to the semi-finals where they were up against last years Australian Champions for Hillcrest College.  Over the course of the tournament we saw robots evolve from have no autonomous programming to being able to score 4 stars in 15 seconds.  The new teams left the tournament with a new understanding of robotics and teamwork. The veteran teams were able to refine their skills and help mentor all of their new robotics colleagues.

 

Each team played a total of 15 matches over the course of the day as they worked their way to the finals. At the qualify the 2015 Australian champions, Hillcrest College held  the top of the ranks, followed by the veteran team from Emmaus College. Their ranks held true with both teams making it all the way to the finals. In the end Hillcrest with their alliance partner from Highvale College was able to take home the title of Tournament Champions.  Along with winning the tournament, Hillcrest impressed the judges with their designs and build quality. This combination resulted in Hillcrest winning the Excellence Award, The highest award that can be won in Vex robotics tournament.

 

A special thanks needs to go out to our sponsors. We would not have been able to run this tournament without the help of DATTA Victoria, Autodesk or Creature Technologies. Your support has greatly enhanced the learning and experience of all the students involved. We also need to thank our volunteers, it would have been impossible to run this event without all of your hard work.

 

Full Photo Album --> https://goo.gl/photos/JpEZZGWiFmuyPqwQ7

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Creature Technology - New Programming Award Sponsor

 

 

DATTA Victoria is pleased to announce that Creature Technology Co. will be sponsoring the VEX Robotics Programming award this season.  Creature Technology Co specializes in the design and manufacturing of autonomous creatures that are used in stage shows and theme parks around the world.  Their products are not only entertaining; they inspire children and adults to think about robotics.  Make sure you check out their show reel to see all that they have up to! (http://www.creaturetechnology.com/show-reel/)

At every tournament this year, the Creature Technology programming award will be given to the team that wins the programming challenge or shows outstanding programming skills when their robot is operating autonomously.

 

Teams, make sure you get that autonomous program ready for your next tournament! 

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Robotics Tournament @ Camberwell High School

 

Our first major tournament is coming up on August 13th at Camberwell High School. It should be a very exciting event with approximately 20 of the top robotics teams in Melbourne. Thing will kick off at 9:30am with 8 qualifying matches for each team before moving into the finals at 1:00pm. We welcome people from the community to come and see what competitive robotics is all about.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to help out with judging and refereeing robotic matches. Judges are responsible for interviewing students on their design process and reviewing their engineering notebooks in order to determine award winners. Referees get to be right in the fast paced robotics action calling the events and enforcing the rules. It can be a very rewarding experience working with students, especially if those students share interest in robotics and engineering.

If you are interested in being part of this event don’t hesitate to contact the event organizer Travis Burroughs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Team registration is open at http://www.robotevents.com/re-vrc-16-4790.html.

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Starstruck Australian Nationals!

We have got final confirmation today that the Australian VEX Nationals will be held at Galen Catholic College in Wangaratta, Victoria.  We are very happy to be partnering with Galen Catholic College to promote VEX Robotics, especially in Rural Victoria. This tournament will be open to all EDR and IQ teams from across Australia. Currently both the Excellence awards for VEX IQ and VEX EDR will qualify teams for the 2017 World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The National Championships will be held on Saturday December 3rd of this year. DATTA Victoria and DATTA ACT will be organizing buses to and from the event and we have arranged for accommodations near the venue.

 

If you are in the Wangaratta region and interested in being involved with VEX robotics please contact us.  

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Early success for Highvale Robotics club

On Saturday May 16, 14 of our students traveled to North Sunshine to compete in a Vex robotics exhibition match at the DATTAVic conference.  The competition had each team pair up with another school and work together to beat another team of two at a set challenge.  At the end of the trials the top four teams select the team they want to work with in the finals.

 
With only 3 weeks preparation time we were only just ready and were competing against some well-built robots so we had modest expectations. 

However, our teams performed very well due to great passion and positive teamwork. The year eight boys could not stop talking about their constructions and were able to explain in detail the function and design of their robot to the judges.  So well in fact that they were awarded the “design award”. 


Our year 9 Girls team showed great listening and teamwork skills such that the top finalist selected them as their teammate in the finals.  The girls went on to help this team win the overall competition.

 

The excitement levels were high and the students clearly enjoyed the day.  Congratulations to the winning teams and we look forward to extending our knowledge to meet the next challenge!   

 

Mr Bruce Burns

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DATTA Victoria Preseason Tournament Day-2

DATTA Victoria had another great day of robotics at Harvester College. We had teams from Hillcrest Christian College, Emmaus College, Highvale Secondary College, Forest Hill College and Hazel Glen College.  The tournament ran 14 matches before finals. After some very intense matches Highvales all girls team, 93720D and Emmaus 6194E came out on top, winning the tournament.  Rookie team Highvale 93720A went home with the design award and last but not least Emmaus 6194E won the Excellence Award. Hillcrest 7479B deserves an honorable mention for their unique and functional robot design.

We would like to thank all of the teams for coming out to this Preseason game, your energy and excitements really promoted what VEX Robotics is all about.

 

Thank you again to our sponsor Tools For Schools! We would not have been able to have this tournament without your support. 

 

Photos of the Event ----> https://goo.gl/photos/R4CZdXLygWJYMCvp6

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Day 1 of the DATTA Victoria preseason tournament

 

First day of the DATTA Victoria preseason was a great success.  We had 9 teams from Camberwell High School, Maribyrnong College and Emmaus.  After 14 tough qualifying matches 4 teams made it in to the finals.  One Emmaus – Camberwell alliance and one Emmaus Maribyrnog alliance. Emmaus and Camberwell won the first two matches and took home the tournament champion awards.  The Excellence award was awarded to the rookie team from Maribyrong for their valiant effort and outstanding robot design. 

 

Check out all the pics here --> https://goo.gl/photos/Zjp9aP122eH8nLs16

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DATTA Victoria Preseason Tournament

 

DATTA Victoria will be  hosting a pre-season game on May 12th and 13th this year at their fall conference. The event is free for teams to compete and they will are feeding them. There are 9 different teams competing on both days.

 

Tools for Schools has announced that they will be giving out a brand new cordless hand drill to the Friday and Saturday Excellence award winners at the May 13 & 14th DATTA Victoria pre-season tournament. Tools for Schools has some really great stuff and we are excited to see them getting involved with Robotics

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