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Maribyrnong College Tournament

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.

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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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