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The Royal Society of New Zealand is pleased to announce their financial support by way of the Talented School Students Travel Award (which is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation  & Employment)for the Excellence Award winners at the upcoming Kiwibots VEX IQ National event in Palmerston North on 12 December.

VEX IQ teams from around New Zealand will come together to select up to three teams to represent New Zealand at the 2016 VEX IQ World Championships in Louisville Kentucky.

The team that wins the Excellence award at this event will receive up to $5000 in travel support from the Talented School Students Travel Award, administered by The Royal Society of New Zealand and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment .

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. The recipient of this award is the team that demonstrates overall excellence in all components of the VEX IQ Challenge.

Key criteria:

  • Teamwork Challenge Qualification Round ranking
  • Robot Skills Challenge ranking
  • Programming Skills Challenge ranking
  • Design Award ranking
  • STEM Research Project Presentation Award ranking
  • Other judged award rankings
  • High quality VEX robotics program

We wish all of the teams the best of luck at the upcoming VEX IQ Nationals and the World Championships next year.

Royal Society of New Zealand | Te Apārangi
A place for knowledge and excellence




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A reminder that IQ teams that they have to register on RobotEvents for the Nationals and that registration closes this Friday, November 27th?

Other key points:

  • 3 World Qualifying spots (Excellence & 2x Tournament Champions)
  • Design Award and STEM Research Project Award WILL be awarded
  • To be considered for the Excellence Award, teams MUST have entered for one or both of the Design Award and STEM Award.
  • Any teams travelling significant distances that require accommodation have the option of being billeted in the Massey halls of residence, and should contact Stephan van Haren ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if interested - this is a very cheap accommodation option.


Ben Ellery

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The scrimmage on 5 December at Lynfield College, Auckland will be an informal scrimmage.

If you intend going please could you register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aUoHbetS0CP0f49navOVUVpkmK11V4hwEHgAKviAD5c/viewform?usp=send_form so we have an idea of numbers. The scrimmage is informal however the results for the scrimmage will be put on robot events.


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Good News! We already have 200 teams participating from several countries including Australia.

This will be a fantastic event and a whole lot cheaper to get to than Louisville. You do not even have to qualify for it. If you want to see what a big event is like then hop over to Melbourn!

If New Zealand teams have yet to decide on the participation in the Robotics STEM Olympiad. We have made it even more easier on your budget. The event registration fee is only USD 150.

Could you help to share this information with your teams?
Look forward to your participation.

To register your teams to participate, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards,
Gary Gopinathan
CEO Innovate Ahead Group Pty Ltd
Founder, Robotics Club Australia

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At the recent American Chamber of Commerce success and innovation awards F&P Healthcare wone the supreme award and the Kiwibots won the Eric and Cathy Hertz Citizen Diplomacy award. These awards came with a very generous return flight to Hawaii sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce and Hawaiian Airlines.

F&P Healthcare, very generously, have donated their ticket to the Kiwibots for us to use as we see fit.

As the Kiwibots were awarded the return flights in recognition of the links they are creating with the United States I believe that we should use the flights to strengthen our bond with teams in Hawaii and the United States. One idea is to send a person or persons to a vex competition or vex associated school(s) in Hawaii to see how they operate. This would not necessarily be to compete but more to form links and relationships.

It would be fantastic if the New Zealand VEX community could get together and recognise the efforts that people are putting into making the vex competition in New Zealand such a success.

Nominate teachers, parents, sponsors or anyone that you feel should be recognised for what they are doing to support the program. Please put your positive praises in comments on our Facebook page of people you would like to nominate as recipients of a return flight to Hawaii. Anyone associated with VEX can be nominated and I'm sure they would love to be thanked publicly. We cannot guarantee that one of the people nominated will be chosen, however we really want to know who these great people are and what they are doing.

Please take the time to recognise people for their efforts as it makes all the difference to them.

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Two Kiwibots VEX U students will shortly departing New Zealand to attend the Autodesk University in Las Vegas to showcase the relationship between Autodesk and VEX in New Zealand. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Auckland and Massey University students to network internationally and discover the global world of Autodesk.

I would like to publicly thank Autodesk for the ongoing support of the program in New Zealand and for sponsoring such a fantastic event.

We will hear all about their trip at the nationals next year!

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There are so many things happening around New Zealand and Australia at the moment regarding VEX EDR and VEX IQ events that it is almost impossible to detail any one of them.

All Auckland events from now until the nationals will now be recorded on robot events.

The most important one to note is that we have cancelled the event on 19 December at Unitec and replaced it with an event on 5 December at Linfield College.

Please make sure that you regularly visit our events page here http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events to see the latest updates on events in your region.

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There is less than one month to go to the 2016 VEX IQ nationals that will be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

This year we will be qualifying three vex IQ teams to travel to the United States to represent New Zealand in Louisville.

This promises to be a great event and I am looking forward to seeing some fantastic robots.

Visit the event page here http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/re-viqc-15-3962.html for all the details about how to register et cetera.

Chris Hamling


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There is a VEX IQ scrimmage being held in Tauranga this Friday, 6th November.

It will be in the main hall at Otumoetai Intermediate starting at 1:30pm.

So far we have House of Science, Tauranga Intermediate and Otumoetai Intermediate competing, and Te Puke High School has come students coming to have a look.  If there are any other teams interested in joining in, can they please e-mail Toni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Thursday.



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Last night I was privileged to attend the 2015 Brightsparks Awards and meet some of the fantastic students that will soon be going to university to further their careers. As Michelle Dickinson put it “I am so excited to see such talent’.

Two of the winners are involved with the Kiwibots and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Jason Collingwood from Glenfield College and Amelia Cordwell from Wellington East Girls High School for their success. For a full list of winners go to http://www.brightsparks.org.nz/2015/

Ross Peterson and his Brightsparks team are dioing a great job and I am sure that every student that participated are all the better from being involved.

Well done to all.

Chris Hamling

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 Hi All

A reminder that we are having two back to back scrimmages in Christchurch!

The first is on the 25th Oct (THIS Sunday) at the usual location at CPIT


The second will be on the 31st Oct in Cathedral Square during the Science Alive Big Science Day. 5 robots will be coming down from Auckland to compete so come along (no matter the state of your robot) and join in. Pusher bots are fine.

See you soon


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We are postponing this Saturday's scrimmage, new date to be confirmed.  We didn't realise it was Labour Weekend when we set the date and all the usual local high school teams are either re-building or seniors are swamped with last minute NCEA assignments.  

The VEX IQ teams are organising a separate event possibly on Friday 6th November but this is also still to be confirmed.

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Hi all,

It is that time of the year and we need to make sure your teams are registered on RobotEvents so please check the list below very carefully to make sure that the correct number of teams for your school are registered. If you are participating in scrimmages them you MUST be registered.

If you have a team missing from the list then please email me ASAP. If the letter for your team is wrong we are unable to do anything about it. :-(


Chris Hamling

team program organization
2909A VRC ACG Parnell College
2909B VRC ACG Parnell College
2909C VRC ACG Parnell College
7031A VRC Baradene College
4845A VRC edgewater college
5606A VRC Feilding High School
5606B VRC Feilding High School
5606F VIQC Feilding High School
2918A VRC Glenfield College
2918B VRC Glenfield College
2918C VRC Glenfield College
2918D VRC Glenfield College
2918E VRC Glenfield College
2918F VRC Glenfield College
2918G VRC Glenfield College
2921A VRC Home School
8757 VRC House of Science TAURANGA
8757B VRC House of Science TAURANGA
8757X VIQC House of Science TAURANGA
8757Y VIQC House of Science TAURANGA
8757Z VIQC House of Science TAURANGA
5672A VRC Katikati College
5672B VRC Katikati College
2923A VRC Kings College
2919A VRC Kristin School
2919B VRC Kristin School
2919C VRC Kristin School
2919F VRC Kristin School
2919H VRC Kristin School
2919M VRC Kristin School
2919X VRC Kristin School
3940A VRC Linwood College
3940B VRC Linwood College
2906A VRC Long Bay College
2906B VRC Long Bay College
2906C VRC Long Bay College
2906D VRC Long Bay College
2906X VRC Long Bay College
2915A VRC Lynfield College
2915B VRC Lynfield College
2915C VRC Lynfield College
9098A VRC Macleans College
9098B VRC Macleans College
8674A VRC Manurewa High School
8674B VRC Manurewa High School
8674C VRC Manurewa High School
8674D VRC Manurewa High School
8674E VRC Manurewa High School
2908E VRC Mount Albert Grammar School
2908V VRC Mount Albert Grammar School
2908X VRC Mount Albert Grammar School
2900A VRC Onehunga High School
2900B VRC Onehunga High School
2900C VRC Onehunga High School
2941A VRC Otumoetai College
2941B VRC Otumoetai College
2941C VRC Otumoetai College
2941X VRC Otumoetai College
10890 VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
10890B VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
10890C VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
10890D VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
10890E VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
10890F VIQC Otumoetai Intermediate
2903R VRC Palmerston North Boys High School
2903S VRC Palmerston North Boys High School
7757E VRC Pasadena Intermediate
7757N VRC Pasadena Intermediate
2931A VRC Pinehurst School
2931B VRC Pinehurst School
2931C VRC Pinehurst School
2931D VRC Pinehurst School
2931E VRC Pinehurst School
2968A VRC Rangitikei College
2968B VRC Rangitikei College
2968E VIQC Rangitikei College
2901 VRC Rangitoto College
2901B VRC Rangitoto College
2901C VRC Rangitoto College
2901D VRC Rangitoto College
2901X VRC Rangitoto College
2907A VRC Rosmini College
2907B VRC Rosmini College
2950A VRC St Cuthbert's College
2950B VRC St Cuthbert's College
3204A VIQC St Peter's College
3204C VRC St Peter's College
3204E VIQC St Peter's College
3204F VIQC St Peter's College
3204G VIQC St Peter's College
3204I VRC St Peter's College
3204P VRC St Peter's College
3204S VIQC St Peter's College
3204V VIQC St Peter's College
3204Z VRC St Peter's College
2904A VRC Westlake Girls High School
2904B VRC Westlake Girls High School
2904C VRC Westlake Girls High School
2904D VRC Westlake Girls High School
2942A VRC Whangaparaoa College
2942B VRC Whangaparaoa College
2942H VIQC Whangaparaoa College
7682 VRC Wingus & Dingus Robotics
7682E VRC Wingus & Dingus Robotics
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Hi all,


  • Wellington Club night tonight at Weltec
  • Auckland Scrimmage on Saturday 17th at Unitec in Albany at 10 Rothwell Ave, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Palmerston North on Saturday the 16th at FAHS - Feilding High School, 1 Churcher Street, Feilding 4702, New Zealand

all three events will be VEX IQ & VEX EDR.



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It was bound to happen...

LinusTechTips has reviewed the VEX IQ platform and the video is well worth watching.

Click this link to view it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohekAXc8UY&feature=youtu.be&a

Thanks to Jason Collingwood for bringing it to my attention.

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Some fantastic news!

The Auckland University Robotics Association team (AURA) team that went to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships were recently awarded with their Auckland University Sports Blues.

This is incredibly significant as not only has AURA proved themselves on the world  stage but they have also succeeded in getting robotics finally recognised as the sport that it truly is.

An award like this underpins the efforts of everyone in the program and validates the commitment that our volunteers show to the program.

I am sure that AURA would be more than happy if teachers go to their sports departments and used this award to get VEX in the school recognised, not only for the fantastic difference it is making in the technology area, but also that it is a valid sports option and should be held on at least the same level as the first IV rugby team.

Once again well done AURA you absolutely deserve this recognition!

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If you're interested in interfacing your android device to your vex IQ robot then you will be happy to hear that the new Bluetooth radio for the VexIQ robots is available.

I have just finished writing the foundation application for android devices and I'm looking for a select group of android programmers to start playing and testing the application.

Please let me know if you'd like to be part of that group and tell me what your capabilities are and why you want to be included.

Chris handling Hamling

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In case you are unaware it is possible to program the VEX IQ robots in Python. If you're interested go to http://www.robotmesh.com/python/ where there are some example programs. We are planning to hold training courses in how to use Python on the VexIQ platform for please email me if you would like to be put onto that mailing list.
Chris Hamling.

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Hi I'm sending this blog to remind teams that the New Zealand VEX IQ nationals will be held in Palmerston North on 12 December 2015. This is an event not to be missed as we will also be holding a VEX U friendly match further teams can see where they can eventually end up. The Excellence Award winners from this competition will qualify for the World Championships in Louisville April 2016.

The date of our VEX IQ nationals conflicts the Asia-Pacific competition in Melbourne but that is out of our control. I am sure that New Zealand teams would prefer to come to the VexIQ nationals in Palmerston North but I'm hoping that vex EDI teams will go to Melbourne to compete.

Chris Hamling

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Dear all,

We are pleased to announce that The 9th Asia-Pacific Robotics Championship ( also called ARL Championship) is going to be held in Melbourne, Australia during 10-12 December. Welcome to join this great robotics feast in Asia!!! 

There will be 4 different competitions being held in the championship. Including,


VEX Challenge--Nothing But Net


VEX IQ CHallenge--Bank Shot


BDS Challenge--Energy Battle

BDS Humanoid Competition

For more information regarding the rules and other information of the competition, please refer to the following link:

Invitation letter of the Asia-Pacific Robotics Championship

You can also find the attached registration form from the following link:

Registration Form 

Please do not hesitate to join this robotic feast in Asia!!! We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming December in Australia!!!

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