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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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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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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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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!   


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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. 


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