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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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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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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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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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Gavyn Smith
A Fantastic tournament. Amazing to see the spirit of cooperation between the teams of students and coaches. Some incredible Robots... Read More
Sunday, 14 August 2016 22:28
Mark Pengilley
Great opening event, thank you Travis. Always good to see how robots grow and develop over a tournament. I liked the way teams bec... Read More
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 23:53
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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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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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