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Hi all,

Here are the times for teams Design Award interviews.

To make things easy for you we have scheduled the interviews to fall between your matches. The Match numbers below show when (which match) each interview will start.

 

Division Match Team # School
Science Q10 2904 Westlake Girls
Science Q24 2921A Free Range Robotics
Technology Q34 2908X Mt Albert Grammar School
Science Q40 2906A Long Bar College
Technology Q45 7682 Wingus & Dingus
Science Q51 2918A Glenfield College
Science Q64 2919M Kristin School

Please be waiting with your robot outside the Panasonic Meeting room before the matches indicated for your interview by as much time as possible.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Hello,

Following the generation of the two divisions today at the Nationals, the following two lists are available which have all the information for the science and technology divisions

Science: http://amess.co.nz/science.pdf

Technology: http://amess.co.nz/technology.pdf

All the information is available on RobotEvents and VEX Via though we are working to fix an issue displaying the two divisions on RobotEvents at the moment

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Nationals this year, it's going to be great!

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Hi All,

Congratulations to the following teams for being selected for Design Award interviews. The standard this year is very high and has moved upwards from last year.

  • 2919MKristin
  • 2906ALong Bay College
  • 2908X Mount Auckland Grammar School (MAGS)
  • 7682Wingus and Dingus
  • 2921AFree Range Robotics
  • 2904Westlake Girls High School
  • 2918AGlenfield College

 

At the upcoming Nationals these teams will have a 10min slot allocated to them between their matches for a design presentation and interview. They will be advised of your time on Saturday morning. There will be a data projector available if needed.

Good luck

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

A team-blast with two updates to our team info.

Divisions at the Kiwibots VEX Nationals

The wait is over!

The Kiwibots are pleased to announce that the teams will be allocated to divisions based upon a random, live, streamed draw at 17:15 on Friday the 27th of March. So either be at the Vodafone Event Centre at 17:25 to watch it live or join us on line to see who will be in each division. This will be a nail biting event for some.

Parking

There is an event booked in the Theatre on Saturday 28th February. Therefore we need to make sure that your crew and patrons all park in the allocated South Car Park and away from the Dock Door please. The PDF at http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/2015parking.pdf outlines where the entrance to the car park will be.

On the 28th parking in the North Car Park will be Pay and Display for the other event.

Parking for the Kiwibots event is free. Just print out our Sponsor’s page and put it onto your dashboard.

The Nationals information document, located here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/nationals_info.pdf, has been updated to reflect this.

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

ImpossibleCube

The 2015 VEX NZ Nationals are just over a week away!

Please could you download and read the PDF for competitors that is located here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/nationals_info.pdf for all the info you will need.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

National Manager

Kiwibots

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Hello Everyone,

This is just an announcement that there are 7 days left for teams to register for the 2015 New Zealand Nationals. There are also 7 days left to register to volunteer for the  Nationals.

Both the Nationals & Volunteer registration will close on the 14th of February at 5pm. Please make sure you are registered by this date if you want to compete or volunteer. Registration for the Nationals must be done on the KIWIBOTS website where as volunteer registration is done from http://kiwibots.co.nz/volunteer

If you have any problems with the registration please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to have those issues sorted. We need to know numbers for the Nationals as soon as possible so please register quickly!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Hello Everyone,

As there will be two upcoming Auckland scrimmages, we would now invite teams who have confirmed spots to please register to confirm their spots for these two upcoming scrimmages. 

Scrimmage #11 - 14th February
Date: 14th February 2015
Location: Pinehurst School

Scrimage #12 - 21st February
Date: 21st February 2015
Location: Onehunga High School

Teams can register online at the following link. The deadline for registration will be the Wednesday before each of the scrimmages to ensure that there will be enough time for KIWIBOTS to organise everything.

Please also remember that the deadline for the 2015 New Zealand Nationals is the 14th of February and all teams which complete must be registered by then. The registration must be done on the KIWIBOTS website. Volunteer registration for Nationals will also close on the 14th of February and volunteers will be unable to register after this date. Teams will need to ensure that they are registered as otherwise they won't be able to compete at the Nationals

If there are any problems with either of the registrations, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . 

We look forward to seeing you at the events and the Nationals!

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Hi,

 

The following teams NEED to confirm their spots for the Auckland Ladder scrimmage on the 7th of February. These registrations must be done by the 4th of February so that spots can be confirmed. Teams can click here to confirm their spots online.

Teams in the 11th and 12th Auckland scrimmages can also confirm their spots in the above form ahead of time.

 

5821a Otara Clubhouse Auckland Res
2950a St Cuthbert's College Auckland Res
5890a Takapuna Grammar School Auckland Res
8560a Westbot Auckland Res
5592 Albany Senior High School Auckland Res
6786a Kaipra College Auckland Res
5672a Katikati College Tauranga Res
2908x Mount Albert Grammar Auckland Res
2907a Rosmini College Auckland Res
2913a Rutherford College Auckland Res
2913b Rutherford College Auckland Res
2913c Rutherford College Auckland Res
2929a Westlake Boys High School Auckland Res
2929b Westlake Boys High School Auckland Res

 

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Hi All,

This season we have teams that have put a lot of hard work into their on line challenge entries.

Please could you find the time to go on line and vote for them.

Every vote counts and there are only two weeks until voting closes.

Chris Hamling

 

Website
Kristin http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4406
Glenfield http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4139
Long Bay http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4327
MAGS http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4080
Educational Video
Kristin http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4132
Long Bay http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4291
Photo
Kristin http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/3995
Glenfield http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4134
Long Bay http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4120
MAGS http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/3988
Engineering CAD
Long Bay http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4326
Website
K Force http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4406
Website http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4139
LBC http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4327
MAGS http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4080
Educational Video
K Force http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4132
LBC http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4291
Photo
K Force http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/3995
GCEC http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4134
LBC http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4120
MAGS http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/3988
Engineering CAD
LBC http://forum.robotevents.com/design/entry/detail/4326
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The tenth Auckland Ladder scrimmage will be held at Glenfield College on Saturday the 7th of February. 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. The scrimmage will be held in the school hall

Teams with confirmed spots will need to register here for the scrimmage.

Date: Saturday 7th February
Venue: Glenfield College School Hall
Times:
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 Wednesday 4th February, 11:59 pm.

The following teams need to confirm their spots. If there are any problems please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

2906a Long Bay College Auckland Res
2906b Long Bay College Auckland Res
2906c Long Bay College Auckland Res
2906d Long Bay College Auckland Res
2906e Long Bay College Auckland Res
5821a Otara Clubhouse Auckland Res
2950a St Cuthbert's College Auckland Res
5890a Takapuna Grammar School Auckland Res
8560a Westbot Auckland Res
5592 Albany Senior High School Auckland Res
5606a Feilding High School Palmerston North Res
5606b Feilding High School Palmerston North Res
2918a Glenfield College Auckland Res
2918b Glenfield College Auckland Res
2918c Glenfield College Auckland Res
2918d Glenfield College Auckland Res
2918e Glenfield College Auckland Res
8757 House of Science BOP Res
6786a Kaipra College Auckland Res
5672a Katikati College Tauranga Res
9098a Macleans Auckland Res
2908x Mount Albert Grammar Auckland Res
2901 Rangitoto College Auckland Res
2901b Rangitoto College Auckland Res
2901c Rangitoto College Auckland Res
2901d Rangitoto College Auckland Res
2907a Rosmini College Auckland Res
2913a Rutherford College Auckland Res
2913b Rutherford College Auckland Res
2913c Rutherford College Auckland Res
2929a Westlake Boys High School Auckland Res
2929b Westlake Boys High School Auckland Res
2942a Whangaparoa College Auckland Res
2942b Whangaparoa College Auckland Res

 

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Hi All,

It has been decided that due to Health and Safety concerns that safety glasses will be MANDATORY for all Drive Team members when inside the competition field area at the Nationals. The Kiwibots will not be providing glasses.

This decision has been made as we will be elevating the fields to the World Championship height and we have some robots that are 7' high! We will also be running 4 fields so things will be tight. We are avoiding hard hats for now ;-)

Chris Hamling

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Hi All,

Please note that we must have all of your design notebooks in by the end of Saturday the 14th of Feb if you want to be considered for this years Design Award at the Nationals

This will give us time to go through the Design Notebooks and advise those who will have interviews at the Nationals in time for them to prepare their presentations.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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The sooner you register the easier it is for us to plan things. We really do not like the last minute rush.

The 2015 New Zealand Nationals is coming up quickly and we need all teams who plan to attend the event to register to be able to attend!. Registration can done here. It is important that all teams who want to register do this as quickly as possible so that KIWIBOTS can have numbers to properly plan nationals.

Registration MUST be done by 15th February at 5pm. This must be done on the website.

If there are any problems or issues with registration please contact KIWIBOTS.

Teams will need to turn up to Nationals on the Friday (27th February) in order to check in for the event. More details will be released closer to the date.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi,

We have been advised that ANYTHING that is plugged in at the Nationals this year HAS to be electrically tested (PAT Tested) before it is plugged in. This includes battery chargers, laptops, extension cables anything. This also includes anything that was tested at/before the last Nationals as equipment MUST be tested on a yearly basis. All schools do perform PAT testing on appliances throughout the year so some devices might already be safely tested (check the device to see if it has a valid PAT test and if so it does not need to be tested by us).

So if you do not need it do not bring it.

If you can get it checked before you come please do. There will be opportunities at upcoming Auckland Scrimmages.

If you cannot get it tested before the Nationals we will have someone on site who will test it before you use it or plug it in.

Please bring $1 per item that you need tested to cover costs.

We have 180 230 plug boxes, 25 extension cords and all the A/V gear to do so you are not alone.

There will be someone at all three of the upcoming Auckland scrimmages who will be able to perform testing of equipment before the Nationals.

Regards

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The 2015 New Zealand Nationals is coming up quickly and we need all teams who plan to attend the event to register to be able to attend!. Registration can done here. It is important that all teams who want to register do this as quickly as possible so that KIWIBOTS can have numbers to properly plan nationals.

Registration MUST be done by 15th February at 5pm. This must be done on the website.

If there are any problems or issues with registration please contact KIWIBOTS.

Teams will need to turn up to Nationals on the Friday (27th February) in order to check in for the event. More details will be released closer to the date

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Hi All,

We are seriously looking at having a ladder playoff at the Nationals to find a National ladder champion.

How and when this will be done is yet to be worked out but I am sure you will be excited to hear this news.

Top contender of ideas at the moment is to have a 1 vs 1 elimination series made up of the top robot from each region's ladder.

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

It has been decided split the divisions at the Nationals based on team number order. This decision was made after consultation with the USA and taking your comments into account. Division lists will be published at a suitable point in time and you will know what division you are in before you start competing on the Saturday morning of the Nationals.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

I know that many of you have entered this season's on line challenges but it is hard for us to find your entries to vote for them.

Please could you send me links ASAP (buy end Monday the 19th) for your entries so I can blog everyone with a complete list of entries.

The Excellence Award at the Nationals will take into account your online entries.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi everyone,

With Nationals coming up soon, we're once again looking for volunteers to help us with the running of the competition. We've had an awesome response to this in previous years, and with two divisions planned for this year, it looks like we'll need more helpers than ever.

You don't need to have any VEX experience to volunteer (though I realise that most of the people on this page know their way around a robot, and that will be useful for some jobs) - the only restriction is that you can't be competing in Nationals, as there's not enough time to both compete and volunteer. If you are part of a team which is competing at Nationals and you will need to be available to help that team throughout the competition, please do not fill in the volunteering form. That being said, if you know others in your school or community who would be keen to help out and get some service hours (or just something to put on their CV), feel free to pass this link on to them.

Thanks, and good luck for any remaining scrimmages!

Sign up to volunteer at http://kiwibots.co.nz/volunteer

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