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Scienceworks - VEX Victoria State Finals

VEX made its way into the Melbourne Scienceworks Pumping Station this past Friday for the Victoria state finals. The tournament saw the largest Australian turnout ever at a VEX competition. 24 teams from across Victoria competed with their modern machines between the 125 year old flywheels and pumps. Although the VEX robots looked tiny in comparison to their great great grandparents they came and they conquered.  

 

Robot engineering made huge leaps and bounds since the October tournament. Teams like Copperfield and Hillcrest College consistently scored stacked mobile goal in every match. Highvale College fine tuned their autonomous routines to score highest stacks in every match and dandenong high school refined their unique drawbridge lift to a point where it works like clockwork. I would think that the old pumps were standing proud of the next generation of robotics.

 

At the end of the day Copperfield College took home the Excellence Award for their outstanding design, Sportsmanship and overall rankings. A hillcrest and Emmaus College alliance took home the tournament champions trophies they worked incredibly hard for all day. The judges choice award was given to Highvale D, for their outstanding design and performance and finally the Robotics Boomerangs went away with the SMC Amaze award.

 

A special thank you needs to go out to our Head judge Chrissi and the engineering team from Boeing Australia. Without the support of our judging volunteers we would not be able recognize all of the great design work that our students do.

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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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