Some good news!
New Zealand has 8 yes eight spots at the 2015 World Championships. This is broken down as follows:-
- 7 x VRC High School Spots
- 1 x VEX IQ spot.
High School Spots
- 1 x Excellence*
- 3 x Tournament Champions*
- 1 x Design*
- 1 x Robot Skills**
- 1 x Programming Skills**
VEX IQ spot
- 1 x Excellence
*We will try to get funding for these teams but as usual we cannot promise to do so.
**If a team double qualifies, then the next highest Programming or Robot Skills Challenge Score team will get the spot and so on. If you are top in Programming or Robot Skills then you will qualify for the World Champs even if you are not in the top 30 world rankings. Giving these a try as they suddenly have got a whole lot more important.
Please could you go to http://www.robotevents.com/map
Select VEX IQ, VEX & VEX U
Select What: Team
Click on filter and check that your team is registered (listed) at the bottom of the page. It is essential that you are as next year's qualification spots depend upon this year's number of registered teams.
If your team is not there (not listed) then download the form here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/2014-2015_team_registration_fo.htm fill it in, scan it and email it to me urgently so that I can get your team registered.
If your team is not registered with the USA then you should not be competing.
The 5th Auckland Ladder scrimmage will now be held at Massey University Albany. This is to coincide with the Massey University Open Day on the 16th August. It will be held in the Recreation Centre on the main (East Precinct) Campus. This is another chance for teams to compete in the Auckland Ladder, skills will be available and VEX Via will be used throughout the day for live results!.
Date: Saturday 16th August
Venue: Massey University Albany Recreation Center
09:00 - Doors Open
09:15-09:30 - Team Check In
10:00 - Matches Begin
12:00 - Lunch Break
12:30 - Matches Resume
14:30 - Qualfication Matches Finish
17:00 - Venue Closes
We look forward to seeing you all there!
I have some grant money to cover accommodation, food and registration fees for the event from the 1st to the 5th of December. You have to do is get from New Zealand to the event and back.
If you are interested in being considered for the grant and can commit to going please email me with a paragraph or two detailing why your team should be considered as recipients of the grant. I would like to have your submission by Monday the 25th of August.
The 8th Asia-Pacific Robotics Championship will be held on December 2-4, 2014 at China Dongguan.
Over 200 teams from Asia-Pacific countries will be at the competition.
The Schedule as below:
December 1st: Registration Opens
December 2nd to 4th : Qualification Matches Start
December 5th :Communication, visit, carnival activities
VEX Skyrise for Middle School:
VEX Skyrise for High School:
VEX IQ Highrise:
BDS Robotics Competition (Click to see video)
BDS Humanoid Competition (Click to see video)
The VEX competitions are VEX Robotics World Championship qualifers.
I am writing to remind you about the upcoming scrimmage on Sat 9th Aug, and to confirm that we are running our usual VEX Robotics Wellington Club Night tonight, Thursday 31 July 2014. Teams can come from 4.00pm on Thursdays, to WelTec Petone - N Block - room NE039. WelTec students will usually be working on their robots from around 5pm.
N Block is between Kensington Ave and Cuba St Petone. There is free parking after 5pm, and access from either end of the building. It doesn't matter if you don't have a robot - feel free to come along and have a look anyway!
The next VEX Wellington Scrimmage for the VEX Skyrise game, is at WelTec on Saturday 9th August from 10am. The competition will be held in the WelTec Student Hub which is at the foot of the 7 storey high WelTec tower block building on Kensington Ave Petone, and the doors will be open from 9am on the day.
Everyone is welcome to come and have a look at what's going on, so feel free to pass this invitation on to family, friends, colleagues etc. We expect teams from out of town to come down to Wellington for this competition, so there should be some exciting robots and competitions to watch. There will probably be a sausage sizzle running, so bring some gold coins! We expect to have some new mini VEX robots at the scrimmage also, so if you don't have your own robot, come and try one of ours at the scrimmage!
There is a flier for the scrimmage attached to this email, so feel free to print or email that to others at your school, work, or anywhere else!
We have made some good progress on working out ways to put keen students who don't have a VEX robot at their school in touch with robots. If that's of interest to you, email me and I will see what I can do to connect you with a robot. If you have any queries about the scrimmage on Sat 9th or the VEX Wellington club night this week, you may contact me in the first instance.
Senior Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering Technology
Wellington Institute of Technology
(+64) 04 920 0466 x563
021 134 9275
Sorry to bother you all but we get several payments a month that are hard to allocate to those paying but this latest one is impossible.
Please could you always put your invoice number in the reference or something that we can identify you with.
If you recently paid $243.63 please could you let us know who you are and what it was for otherwise we will be forced to use it to feed the volunteers ;-)
We have made a last minute change of venue for the Sunday Scrimmage to the Electronics/Sewing workshops at Otumoetai College. Same school, just 50m short of the action centre we had previously advised. This alternative venue will be warmer, more "friendly" and a lot easier to set up.
There is a dairy and takeaways about 50m down the road.
Please let me know if you are at all unsure about how to get to the Venue. Basically, drive down Windsor Road, past the signpost for the pool/tennis court and you will see a bus-stop on the right with an entrance immediately prior. Take this entrance and the venue is in front of you, slightly to the left as in the image.
See you Sunday.
- A rough itinerary for the day is (very flexible):
- 8:00 - 9:30, BOP will set up
- 9:30 - Others arrive.
- 9:30 - 10:15 - Registrations (Vex IQ + VRC)
- 10:15 - Welcomes
- 10:30 - Round 1 (Vex IQ), 10:35 - Round 1 VRC.
- 12:00 - Lunch Break
- 1:00 - 3:00 - Resume Competition(s)/ Vex IQ Workshop
- 4:00 - Everyone should have departed.
James Low (Bay of Plenty Robotics Coordinator)
There will be a VEX IQ event alongside the VEX event this weekend.
For event details please refer to our event calendar http://www.vexrobotics.co.nz/events
Come and see the revolution in Education in action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W2Y-P4AzXg&list=UUrXrv7HlILk8K-KJfmxaO5w
I’m pleased to confirm that we will be running a Skyrise Scrimmage in Wellington at WelTec on Saturday 9th August.
The doors will open at 9am on 9th Aug, and we propose to start at 10am. Other details are still being finalised. We hope to run a sausage sizzle, and we will also gratefully accept any offers of assistance with the official/technical side of running the event. We are of course keen to have participation from as many teams as possible. For planning purposes, it would be handy to get indications of how many teams might be keen to attend.
I have been asked to remind all teams of the Skyrise rule <G4> that reads as follows.
"<G4> Only Student Drive Team Members may touch the team’s controls at any time during a Match, and
are the only Drive Team Members allowed to interact with the Robot as per <SG4>. Adult Drive Team
Members are not permitted to touch the controls or interact with the robot or Skyrise Sections. Minor
violations of this rule that do not affect the match will result in a warning. Egregious (match affecting)
offenses will result in a Disqualification. Teams that receive multiple warnings may also receive a
Disqualification at the head referee's discretion."
So adults, if you must be at the field, please do not touch anything.
This has been energetically debated in the forum here http://www.vexforum.com/showthread.php?t=81258&highlight=loading so please do not violate it.
I knew it would happen and it has!
Every scrimmage in Auckland will be bigger than our first Nationals with 36+ teams at every scrimmage after Whangaparoa. I knew this was going to happen, it has just happened a little sooner than anticipated.
This is great but could create some problems that the volunteers and I need your help to avoid. The scrimmage reservation system is working well and teams are mostly confirming that they will attend without too much chasing. Thanks.
The Auckland scrimmage planning group have discussed ways to streamline scrimmages and this is what resulted.
This blog lets you know what we need your help with and the changes we will be making at scrimmages to enable us to let everybody play the matches they are scheduled for. We do not want to be still playing at 7pm!
1/ The event calendar http://www.vexrobotics.co.nz/events will be your go to place for information on events.
2/ Teams need to confirm that they will be at the scrimmage by 17:00 on the Friday the week before the scrimmage that they have a reserved slot in. This helps us ensure that nobody forgets a scrimmage and to plan for final numbers. Remember that there is no waitlist. One team has unfortunately already been turned away at a scrimmage, please, we don't want to have to do it again.
3/ Teams need to have checked in by 09:30 on the day of the event at the latest. If they have not they will not be able to compete as the schedule for the day will be generated at 09:35. If you are delayed then you can contact us to let us know and we will check you in.
4/ VEX Via will be available to teams - see Hayden's recent post.
5/ We will have printed match schedules posted around the venue so teams will know when they will be playing. For cost and time reasons we will not be printing individual schedules for teams.
6/ There will be a drivers and coaches meeting of 10mins starting at 09:40 before every scrimmage so the running of the scrimmage can be explained. The rule about not waiting, being on time and ready for matches will be restated during these meetings so everybody knows.
7/ Matches will start at 10:00 sharp and run to the minute after that even if the teams for the match are not ready. A 'Master Clock' will be at the event so everybody knows the same time. Matches will start on time even if teams are not there, not ready, not in size etc etc We will not wait for you. With 40 teams playing a match every 5mins we have to get through 5hours of constant competition in a day. We would prefer to get sharp with start time than to have to reduce the number of teams at a scrimmage. Lunch will be 1/2hour.
8/ Drivers and coaches will be expected to reset the field after their match. Setup layouts will be at the field to help. If the drivers and coaches leave the field without resetting the field they will be called back to the field and they will have to reset the next matches (number to be determined.) Needing to work on your robot will not be an excuse. We need to help the volunteers with this.
9/ We will be creating a roster of teams to help set up and pack down as the days are getting way too long for the volunteers and we need to help them with the load.
10/ We are looking at remote speakers so people in the extended venues can all hear the announcements. This should be less of a problem with us running on time and printed schedules displayed.
11/Remember to hand in your design notebooks for judging at the scrimmages you attend. Teams that hand in their notebooks at every scrimmage they attend will stand a better chance of winning the design Award at the Nationals compared to those that do not. (Teams that do not come to AKL scrimmages will not be subject to this 'grading'. It is just that seeing the notebooks on a regular basis helps with proving that the notebook was a process rather than a panic.)
If we all work together then these large scrimmages will flow beautifully and we will be able to finish on time.
Looking forward to a continuing fantastic season.
VEX Via will now be available for teams attending Auckland scrimmages to get instant scores, rankings and schedule for the scrimmage on their mobile devices. VEX Via is supported by Android and Apple Devices, any other devices are still able to view the results and information on the main RobotEvents.com website.
People wishing to use VEX via will need to download the application from either the Play Store or App Store to have it installed on their devices. Devices will need to have a mobile data connection available during the scrimmage as WiFi will not be available for use.
The Auckland events will appear on VEX Via a few days before the scrimmage starts and information will be available during the day as it will be continuously updated to provide live scores and up to date event rankings or schedule at any time.
We hope as many people as possible will start to use this application as it allows up to date information and doesn't require printing of match schedules. If there are any issues directly related to VEX Via for a Auckland scrimmage, please contact myself so that we can have them sorted out. VEX have kindly provided this system for use and we hope that it can be utilized well in New Zealand
The fourth Auckland Ladder scrimmage will be held at Whangaparaoa College on Saturday the 2nd of August. This will be another chance for teams competing in the Auckland Ladder!. There will be skills available and all results will be published live to VEX Via and Robot Events (A separate post will be sent out detailing these applications). The scrimmage will be held in the school auditorium which is located on this map. A map for Whangaparaoa College can be found here.
Date: Saturday 2nd August
Venue: Whangaparaoa College Auditorium
09:00– Doors Open
09:15-09:30 – Check In (All teams attending this scrimmage must have checked in!)
10:00 – Matches Begin
12:00 – Lunch Break
12:30 – Matches Resume
14:30 – Qualification Matches Finish (as do skills fields and any involvement with the Ladder for this scrimmage)
14:40 – Alliance Selection Begins
14:45 - Elimination Matches
17:00– Venue Closes
All teams who have reserved spots but who have confirmed their spots must do so by Friday 24th July, 11:59 pm. These schools currently include Kristin School, Pinehurst School, St Cuthberts College and Free Range Robotics.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
I am emailing you to remind you and invite you all to our first ever Bay of Plenty Scrimmage. The Kiwibots will be taking a van or possibly two down so if you are interested in a free ride for two of you and your robot please email c.hamling@vexrobotics to reserve your place. They will leave Auckland early on Sunday morning and return that night.
We plan to have the local media here too to cover the event.
Our vision is to try to get the new region set up and inspire more local schools to join the vex buzz and have more budding bot enthusiasts. We are also running a small vex IQ competition with Otumoetai intermediate ( 4 teams) as Tauranga Intermediate don’t have their teams set up as yet to be able to compete.
Please reply to let us know if you are able to help and in what capacity.
Please could those teams that are scheduled to compete at the scrimmage in Whangaparoa on the 2nd of August please email Hayden before Friday the 25th to confirm that you will be there.
Teams that are registered but who need to confirm for the event are
|5592||Albany Senior High School||Auckland||Res|
|2927a||Albany Junior High School||Auckland||Res|
|2921b||Free Range Robotics||Auckland||Res|
|2921||Free Range Robotics||Auckland||Res|
|2950a||St Cuthbert's College||Auckland||Res|
|2904||Westlake Girls High School||Auckland||Res|
|2904b||Westlake Girls High School||Auckland||Res|
Remember that if you do not confirm then you will not be able to compete.
Recently asked on VEX Forum
Hi all -
I'm getting ready to start programming autonomous with my students and have a clarification question about pre-loading.
Could my students pre-load their cube by pinning it off the floor between the field wall and their robot? Does that count as a valid pre-load?
As I interpret the preloading rules, pinning a cube against the wall would successfully meet all the requirements of 1) touching the robot 2) not touch any grey foam tiles or Skyrise Base 3) would be fully inside the perimeter.
The idea is that the robots would 'preload' the cube against the wall, drive forward to drop the cube and therefore score 1 point on their colored square in autonomous. From there they can program to score a second cube if possible.
Thanks for any clarification.
Yes, this is legal.
For the full forum post go to http://www.vexforum.com/showthread.php?t=81875
So you have no excuse not to score at least these points in Auto.
A question on the forum by our Rules Master:
Is this correct?
Some general advice for teams: Don't touch your Skyrise at the end of the match!
Hi all VEX U teams.
We have a venue and date for the first friendly VEX U scrimmage.
It will be held at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in Auckland (Exact location TBA)
This will be the first VEX U scrimmage held in New Zealand. The idea is to let VEX U teams from around New Zealand practice and share ideas in order to improve their chances at the World Champs in 2015.
We would also like VEX U teams to meet with engineers from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare so it will be worth you attending.
The event will kick off at 09:00 and be finished by 13:00.
Please note that this event is only for VEX U team members only.
Book the date.
The long wait is almost over. :-)
I understand that the 1000kg order that has been on its way to us for weeks will be delivered to Massey today (the 17th). So if you have Skyrise elements, VexNet 2.0 keys or VEX IQ parts (including bumper switches) on back order your wait is almost over.
Sorry for the long delay. We will be loking for ways to make sea shipments faster.