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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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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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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