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Hi all,

So far the offers to host scrimmages this season have been very thin on the ground and rather disappointing.

If schools do not offer to host scrimmages then we simply will not hold them which would be a crying shame.

Thank you to Whangaparoa, Kristin, Maclean's, Pinehurst, Glenfield, Manurewa, and Lynfield for putting your hands up so far. You have all started down the path towards the Excellence Award in Auckland.

If you would like to host a scrimmage please could you go to the form (v2) located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ctAckvxcaxfjgaNU89yGzy2FuoPNyXRIYoNutJCKfmo/viewform and select the dates that you can host an event on. A calendar of dates can be downloaded from here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/calendar-2015-landscape-in-colour.pdf.

Those marked FORMAL will have skills and design award judging (in green on PDF). There will also be strong support at FORMAL events from tertiary volunteers. Other scrimmages will be INFORMAL ones (in red on PDF) with few if any tertiary volunteers. The formal scrimmage results MAY be used as a way to qualify teams for the Nationals.

Please indicate that you would like to host a scrimmage by the 29th of May so we can inform schools as to who will be hosting events etc at the KiwiChallenge Regional on the 30th of May. Once I have this information I will add the events to the Kiwibots event calendar located here http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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The balls and a season launch game element set for the 2015-2016 VEX EDR & VEX IQ season have arrived in New Zealand!

Come and see the new game at your local KiwiChallenge Regional. The first is on Saturday the 30th at Unitec in Albany.

As there is a limited supply of balls these will only be available to VEX teams that are registered. In order to register please download the registration flow document from here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/Registering_for_the_2015-2016_season.pdf and follow the simple steps that it outlines.

Balls/glasses etc will be delivered at your region’s KiwiChallenge Regional.

See you there.

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WelTec are running VEX Robotics Wellington Club Nights every Wednesday night!

Teams can turn up from 4pm Wednesday Petone, WelTec 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.

If there are enough keen participants we can run VEX IQ competitions on Wednesdays evenings. That's because we now have some new mini VEX IQ robots AND a VEX IQ competition field and a set of VEX IQ game elements. It doesn't matter if you don't have a robot - feel free to come along and have a look anyway. Our VEX IQ robots are available for guests to use on Wednesday evenings also.

We have made 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, contact the Kiwibots and they will see what Weltec can do to connect you with a robot.

Andrea Adams

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The Auckland KiwiChallenge Regional will be held on the 30th of May at Unitec in Albany at 10 Rothwell Ave, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand. Please register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nRl5GbA-L0mbmO_MR2HBysWnxN8gUBaLBAq6TPcdwj0/viewform

It is essential that you register for this event as Unitec’s Health and Safety regulations mean that we need to know numbers as accurately as possible.

Map to get to Unitec North Shore Albany here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/unitecmap.png

 

Schedule: Saturday 30th May

  • Doors open 08:00
  • Teams register from 08:30
  • Welcome speech to teams 09:15 (Unitec)
  • Matches start 09:30
  • Lunch 12:00 to 12:30 there will be a sausage sizzle operating during the day
  • New Game revealed and game elements 15:00 (separated blog on this will be sent soon)
  • Matches finish 16:00ish

We will be running two fields so that we get through all the matches.

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Hi all,

With the end of the KiwiChallenge for Auckland fast approaching I would like to gather all the requests that I have had from schools who want to host a scrimmage (Formal and Informal) in one place.

If you would like to host a scrimmage please could you go to the form located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s17Az_LKJ75BIr3b8irQ6j6_RyCGQcTw5Dns3DDbJPU/viewform and select the dates that you can host an event on. A calendar of dates can be downloaded from here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/calendar-2015-landscape-in-colour.pdf.

Those marked FORMAL will have skills and design award judging (in green on PDF). There will also be strong support at FORMAL events from tertiary volunteers. Other scrimmages will be INFORMAL ones (in red on PDF) with few if any tertiary volunteers. The formal scrimmage results MAY be used as a way to qualify teams for the Nationals.

Please indicate that you would like to host a scrimmage by the 29th of May so we can inform schools as to who will be hosting events etc at the KiwiChallenge Regional on the 30th of May. Once I have this information I will add the events to the Kiwibots event calendar located here http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi All,

With the VEX EDR ‘Nothing but Net’ season about to start up in New Zealand and the changes in New Zealand Health and Safety legislation it has become necessary to put in place some serious H&S measures. As the season gets going some of these measures will be ‘fleshed out’ whilst others will stand as described in the following paragraphs. I do not want to get in the way of having fun or act like a policeman but I am sure you will all agree that having someone blinded or losing a finger at an event would certainly ruin the day for everybody.

The VEX EDR ‘Nothing but net’ game will most certainly involve spinning or catapult type mechanisms. Indications are that the launch mechanisms will need to launch the ball at around 7.5m/s that, with a small wheel spinning launch mechanism (20cm circumference) translates to 2,250rpm. In order to satisfy the demands of conservation of momentum these spinning wheel launchers will have a large degree of angular momentum and thus will not slow down quickly. This presents a, not insignificant, health and safety risk.

Risks that are immediately obvious are:-

Risk

Cause

Effect on human

Severity Factor

{1-10}

H&S Requirement

Flying Balls

Part of game

Embarrassment

1

1, 2

Flying VEX EDR mechanisms

Parts improperly secured

Potential blinding

10

1, 2, 4

Finger Entrapment

Human error

Deep cuts or loss of finger

5 to 10

4

Clothing Entrapment

Loose clothing

Body part pulled into mechanism resulting in injury

5 to 10

3,4

Initial Health and Safety Requirements and actions

1/ Everyone, at all VEX EDR ‘Nothing but Nets’ events will have to wear safety glasses all the time when inside any venue that is currently hosting an event anywhere in New Zealand. This means that even visitors will have to wear safety glasses. This will substantially reduce the chances of eye injury in the event of part of a launch mechanism coming loose. Safety glasses (ANSI Z87 high impact glasses) will be available on the Kiwibots web store in the very near future at a subsidised price of $2.50 each. Volunteers at events will be able to use loan safety glasses.

 

2/ Launch Mechanisms will not be allowed to be tested or powered up in the pit area at events. Special controlled areas will be made available for testing mechanisms at events.

3/ Loose clothing (ties, scarves, tops etc) will not be allowed to be worn in areas where launch mechanisms are able to be activated.

4/ Robot rule <R7.f> states that

Non shattering plastic from the following list; polycarbonate, acetel monopolymer (Delrin), acetal copolymer (Acetron GP), POM (acetal), ABS, PEEK, PET, HDPE, LDPE, Nylon (all grades), Polypropylene, FEP; as cut from a single 12" x 24" sheet up to 0.070" thick.

i.

Plastic can be mechanically altered by cutting, drilling or bending etc., but it cannot be chemically treated, melted or cast.

Teams may heat the polycarbonate to aid in bending.

Teams in New Zealand will be required to use Non shattering plastic as detailed above as guards to reduce the possibility of loose parts injuring people and finger/clothing entrapment wherever practically possible. This guard plastic cannot be used as structure or part of the mechanism and must be able to be removed without affecting the operation of the robot. These guards will not form part of the VEX 12” x 24” allowance and do not need to be backed by VEX material as indicated in <R7.d ii>. Please note that robots that qualify for the World Championships may very well not be allowed to use these guards at the World Championships but our H&S regulations require us to have them.

5/ No jagged edges on spinning or flinging mechanisms will be tolerated at any time as the risk of injury is too great. They will all have to be filed smooth. Imagine what the disk below would do to a finger or face when rotating at 2,250 rpm! It would rip through a finger as if it were butter.

 

6/ The Kiwibots will be providing every region with a full and extensive first aid kit that will be required to be present at every VEX EDR scrimmage. Control of the contents and maintaining the contents will be governed by standard accepted DHB operating standards. All incidents involving the need to break the seal on a first aid kit will be reported to the Kiwibots by filling in an incident form which will include reporting on the who, why, how and when of the incident and what was used from the kit amongst other things.

7/ All team members will be required to sign the Kiwibots 2015-2016 COMPETITION EVENT CONSENT, REALSE, HOLD HARMLESS AND AUTHORIZATION TO REPRODUCE PHYSICAL LIKENESS AND VIDEO ROBOTS form. Event check in by teams will require teachers/responsible adults to indicate that all of their team members have signed the form. The form will be linked to when we ask teams to register for the new season. Visitors will be asked to sign a form on arrival or something to that effect.

8/ As we are growing fast we need to have a clear code of conduct for all participants rather than the word of mouth one we have had until now. I will be producing a code of conduct for all participants (team members/volunteers/adults) in the program that will help them to understand what is and is not acceptable at events and in the program. The form will be linked to when we ask teams to register for the new season.

9/ I am looking into the requirement for police clearance on volunteers working with students and how it affects our program. My aim is to avoid it if at all possible.

10/ There is a high possibility that the fields at the Nationals will be on the floor in 2016. This is to keep the launch mechanisms as far below eye level as possible.

We strongly advise teachers and parents to be very vigilant regarding Health and Safety during practice and build sessions as we are all aware that students do not tighten mechanisms up very well and in this season’s game such an action could be catastrophic. A little foresight and control will go a long way.

I am sure you will all understand the need to get serious about health and safety.

Chris Hamling

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Hi All,

Due to the number of teams in Auckland we would appreciate it if you could let us know if you will be coming to the event and how many teams you will be bringing by filling in the form located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1STBueTK9p_CZYHm61SAT4Eoou937obEnRnUZjflDzk4/viewform. This will give us an indication of how many tables etc we will need. If you can bring a table please let us know in the form.

The event details for the 16th are

  • Doors open at 08:30
  • Registration at 09:00 to 09:30
  • Matches start at 10:00
  • Should be all over by 15:00

The Scrimmage will be at Kristin School Technology block map here http://kiwibots.co.nz/starthere/Kristin_Scrimmage_Map.pdf

Look for the yellow VEX signs!

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Hi All,

A reminder that the KiwiChallenge is now under full steam and we have events happening all over the country. For the event calendar go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events. For KiwiChallenge Rules go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/promo

Auckland

Due to the number of teams in Auckland we would appreciate it if you could let us know if you will be coming to the event and how many teams you will be bringing by filling in the form located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wk5AgCpvIFEKvw5u5YoxvAyMGg4K57CnBfJfDkZXMoo/viewform?usp=send_form . This will give us an indication of how many tables etc we will need. If you can bring a table please let us know in the form.

The event details for the 9th are

  • Doors open at 08:30
  • Registration at 09:00 to 09:30
  • Matches start at 10:00
  • Should be all over by 15:00

The Scrimmage will be in Building Wha 

 at:

Hub West MPHS

27 Corban Avenue

Henderson, 0612

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/MPHS/@-36.893042,174.626875,17z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x6d0d41bf900eb855:0xfb53b1a5998ff79b!2sMPHS!3m1!1s0x6d0d41bf900eb855:0xfb53b1a5998ff79b?hl=en

Look for the yellow VEX signs!

See you there.

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Yesterday we welcomed our High School World Champions home and they were all happy but tired. Have a look at TV3’s news coverage of their return here http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/kiwis-sweep-top-robotics-awards-2015042218#axzz3Y4pgot1W

Well done to everyone that represented New Zealand, you are fantastic!

 

I am sure you will all be asking ‘What now?” Well, here is what is being planned…

The KiwiChallenge

The KiwiChallenge http://kiwibots.co.nz/promo is up and running in all regions. Go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events to see where and when we have events scheduled. Teams are encouraged to go to events to have fun and try out their ideas. The focus of the KiwiChallenge is learning, sharing and fun. Try out new ideas and meet other teams. You do not have to be an expert to join in.

Updated rules:-

The third and final version of the KiwiChallenge rules can be downloaded from http://kiwibots.co.nz/promo the changes are highlighted in yellow. If it is not in the manual now then it does not exist :-)

Auckland KiwiChallenge Regional

This will take place on the 30th of May at Unitec Albany reserve the date and get ready for fun. More info to follow.

Palmerston North KiwiChallenge Regional

This will take place on the 27th of June at Feilding High School reserve the date and get ready for fun. More info to follow.

Christchurch KiwiChallenge Regional

This will take place on wither 14th or 21st of June at CPIT reserve the dates and get ready for fun. More info to follow.

Wellington KiwiChallenge Regional

We are working on dates for the regional. Watch the events page for updates.

Prize for the most liked trailer on the Kiwibots facebook page

Remember there is a VEX IQ kit up for grabs as a prize for the Trailer photo that gets the most likes on the Kiwibots Facebook page simply post the photo of you decorated trailer under this post https://www.facebook.com/Kiwibots/posts/860195844036584 and get people liking it. The winner will be announced at the Christchurch KiwiChallenge Regional.

New Season’s games

VEX EDR 'Nothing but Net' http://www.vexrobotics.com/nothing-but-net/

VEX IQ 'Bank shot' http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/competition/competition-resources

We will have one set of each of the VEX IQ and VEX High School game elements at all the KiwiChallenge regionals so come and see what you will be up against for the next year. We will then be taking the game elements to each of the region’s KiwiChallenge regionals so they can see the new game up close and personal. Watch our blogs and event page for details.

Registering for the 2015-2016 season

There is no need to register your team for KiwiChallenge events but you must register your team to participate in VEX IQ or VEX EDR events. I will be blogging you when the time comes for teams to register for the 2015-2016 season. that blog will include instructions as on what to do etc.

VEX EDR Scrimmages

We will shortly be posting dates for formal scrimmage dates and looking for schools to host the events. We will still need to have a way of ranking teams in case we have to limit numbers so that has not gone away but we hope teams will host lots of informal scrimmages this year.

VEX IQ scrimmages

We will shortly be posting dates for VEX IQ events so watch out for them. They will great fun and will give you time to test out your designs.

Volunteers

This season we will be looking for High School volunteers to help out at events so keep an eye on our blogs as we will be running training sessions for those who are interested. Areas include:-

  • Running an event
  • Planning an event
  • Using the AV and video systems
  • Judging
  • Scoring

Australia

We are trying to get the dates for events in Australia linked into our event calendar so we can go over there and join in with them and they can do the same. This season we want to help Australia grow and flourish.

VEX Nationals & Oceania Invitational

In 2016 we will be holding our Nationals from the 25th to the 28th of February at the Vodafone Event Centre so reserve the dates.

We are investigating holding an ‘open’ VEX IQ competition during the nationals where we will play the 2015-2016 seasons VEX IQ game but the event will be open to anyone of High School age and younger! This event will not qualify for the World Champs but will be a fantastic opportunity to get teams from around the Pacific, China and anywhere to compete no matter what their age.

World Championships 2016

These will be held in Louisville from 20th to 23rd April and I am already talking to airlines to see what we can arrange. I hope to have this sorted by the end of May.

 

This is going to be a great season!

Chris Hamling

 

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We have done it again!

World Excellence Awards in BOTH High School and University Divisions.

World Champions in High School

For seven years we have gone to the World Championships and we have returned victorious as World Champions every year.

VEX is the biggest and fastest growing classroom based robotics competition in the World and we are at the top of it. More than 33 countries and 11,000 teams compete worldwide to attend the World Championships and only 450 make it to the High School Championships. To win is a magnificent effort that cannot be overstated and to win the Excellence Award in unbelievable. Here is what our teams achieved.

 

Glenfield College

  • World Excellence Award – WOW JUST WOW! This is the SUPREME AWARD at the VEX High School World Championships.

Lynfield College

  • High School World Champions – successfully defended their title from last year.
  • Science Division Champions

Auckland University

  • World Excellence Award – the second time they have won this, (they won it last year as OYES) this is the SUPREME AWARD at the VEX U World Championships
  • Robot Skills World Champions
  • Programming Skills World Champions
  • 2nd in World Finals

So how do we welcome our World Champions home?

 

I am sure you are as proud of our teams as I am.

VEX Flickr photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/sets/72157651523204277/

Australia in parade https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/16985207859/in/set-72157651523204277

New Zealand in parade https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/16963955357/in/set-72157651523204277

Chris Hamling

National Manager

Kiwibots

 

 

Final World 2015 Results

 

Team

Number

Division

School

Win-loss-draw

Day 3 - #Rank

Division Results

Division

Awards

World

Champions

AURA

VEX U

Auckland University

10-0-0 #1

 

*Excellence Award

*Robot Skills

*Programming Skills

2915A

VEX HS Science

Lynfield College

9-1-0

*Science Division Champions

 

*World Champions

8757

VEX HS Science

House of Science (Tauranga)

5-5-0 #38

Rank 38

 

 

2915C

VEX HS Technology

Lynfield College

4-6-0 #59

Rank 59

 

 

2918A

VEX HS Engineering

Glenfield College

8-2-0 #5

Won Quarter Finals

Amaze Award

*Excellence Award

2900B

VEX HS Arts

Onehunga High School

2-8-0 # 83

Rank 83

 

 

2976A

VEX HS Arts

Christchurch Boys High School

6-4-0 #25

Won Quarter Finals

 

 

7682

VEX HS Arts

ACG Strathallen

6-4-0 #34

Rank 34

Think Award

*Innovate Award

2908X

VEX HS Math

Mount Albert Grammar

7-3-0 #17

Rank 17

 

 

8984

VEX HS Math

Goulburn High School

5-5-0 #46

Rank 46

Community Award

 

5606A

Did not attend Wolds

Feilding High School

n/a

 

CAD Award

 

10890B

VEX IQ

Otumoetai Intermediate

10games

938 points

Rank 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event live recorded broadcast info

 

 

 

 

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We have done it again!

World Excellence Awards in BOTH High School and University Divisions.

World Champions in High School

For seven years we have gone to the World Championships and returned victorious as World Champions every year.

VEX is the biggest and fastest growing classroom based robotics competition in the World and we are at the top of it. More than 33 countries and 11,000 teams compete worldwide to attend the World Championships and only 450 make it to the High School Championships. To win is a magnificent effort that cannot be overstated and to win the Excellence Award in unbelievable. Here is what our teams achieved.

 

Glenfield College

  • World Excellence Award – WOW JUST WOW! This is the SUPREME AWARD at the VEX High School World Championships.

Lynfield College

  • High School World Champions – successfully defended their title from last year.
  • Science Division Champions

Auckland University

  • World Excellence Award – the second time they have won this, (they won it last year as OYES) this is the SUPREME AWARD at the VEX U World Championships
  • Robot Skills World Champions
  • Programming Skills World Champions
  • 2nd in World Finals

So how do we welcome our World Champions home?

 

I am sure you are as proud of our teams as I am.

VEX Flickr photos https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/sets/72157651523204277/

Australia in parade https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/16985207859/in/set-72157651523204277

New Zealand in parade https://www.flickr.com/photos/vexrobotics/16963955357/in/set-72157651523204277

Chris Hamling

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Kiwibots

 

 

Final World 2015 Results

 

Team

Number

Division

School

Win-loss-draw

Day 3 - #Rank

Division Results

Division

Awards

World

Champions

AURA

VEX U

Auckland University

10-0-0 #1

 

*Excellence Award

*Robot Skills

*Programming Skills

2915A

VEX HS Science

Lynfield College

9-1-0

*Science Division Champions

 

*World Champions

8757

VEX HS Science

House of Science (Tauranga)

5-5-0 #38

Rank 38

 

 

2915C

VEX HS Technology

Lynfield College

4-6-0 #59

Rank 59

 

 

2918A

VEX HS Engineering

Glenfield College

8-2-0 #5

Won Quarter Finals

Amaze Award

*Excellence Award

2900B

VEX HS Arts

Onehunga High School

2-8-0 # 83

Rank 83

 

 

2976A

VEX HS Arts

Christchurch Boys High School

6-4-0 #25

Won Quarter Finals

 

 

7682

VEX HS Arts

ACG Strathallen

6-4-0 #34

Rank 34

Think Award

*Innovate Award

2908X

VEX HS Math

Mount Albert Grammar

7-3-0 #17

Rank 17

 

 

8984

VEX HS Math

Goulburn High School

5-5-0 #46

Rank 46

Community Award

 

5606A

Did not attend Wolds

Feilding High School

n/a

 

CAD Award

 

10890B

VEX IQ

Otumoetai Intermediate

10games

938 points

Rank 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event live recorded broadcast info

 

 

 

 

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Hi All,

The VEX Classroom super kits and more are back in stock. Thank you for your patience. Please visit our web store to see our updated stock quantities.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

I hope everyone is pumped up for the first Missile Mania scrimmage tomorrow!  Just to make navigating the central city a bit easier, I've put together a map of the best parking options and how to get into the venue.  The scrimmage is in the Faculty of Engineering which is only accessible from Symonds St on the weekend.

ScrimmageMap

Any issues finding the place, give me a ring/txt: 021 046 7258.

Cheers,

Rob

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Lynfield came back from Nationals minus one programming cable.

Any chance that you can check if you have an extra one with 2915 or Lynfield written on it.  It was definitely labelled but not sure whether name or number was on it.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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They have finally arrived and I have checked that they are real! No this is not an April Fools joke.

VEX IQ - Starter kit with controller SKU 228-3060 are in stock.

Go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/webstore/education/starter-kit-with-controller-detail to order yours.

We also have VEX IQ - Sensor Packs in stock that allow you to 'upgrade' your Starter kit to a super kit. The kit is cheaper than buying the sensors by themselves.

Go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/webstore/vex-iq/vex-iq-sensor-pack-detail to order yours.

We will ship this week, 13th,  14th and 16th,17th of April during the school holidays.

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KiwiChallenge events have kicked off all around the country and we are in full swing. There are too many to post individual reminders for them so go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/upcoming-events-top/upcoming-events and find one near you.

The first for Auckland will be happening during the holidays on the 11th of April at AURA's headquarters (Auckland Uni) so get yourself there for heaps of fun.

Chris Hamling

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Well if you did you did not give us a valid reference and we have no idea who you are!

So if you paid us an amount of more than $1,000 recently then please tell us who you are, how much you paid and what it was for or we will not be able to credit your account.

Thanks

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

In order to help teams get more scrimmages we feel that it is necessary to clearly explain scrimmages and what we want to achieve.

Informal Scrimmages

This is exactly what we have had in place for several years in Auckland and regions but teams may not have been aware of the details.

Q: What is an ‘informal scrimmage’?

A: An informal scrimmage is a relaxed event where teams can just book that they are coming, turn up and compete, when they can/want to against other teams. There may very well not be a match schedule. The intent of informal scrimmages is to allow teams to work together, have fun and test out their robots. No more than that.

Q: Who organises an informal scrimmage?

A: The event is organised and run by the teams that want to take part. The organiser checks that the date is available (hopefully well in advance) and promotes the event. All the Kiwibots will do is put the event on their calendar and create a Google form where teams can register the fact that they are going to attend by the Thursday night before the event.

Q: Who can attend an informal scrimmage?

A: Anyone from anywhere can attend an informal scrimmage. Numbers at these events will be on a first come first serve event and may be limited by the organiser based on space.

Q: Who can host an informal scrimmage?

A: Anyone anywhere can host an informal scrimmage.

Q: Who will run an informal scrimmage?

A: Informal Scrimmages will not be run by Tertairty volunteers but by the teams that attend. Any tertiary volunteers that attend will be there to mentor teams not to run the event.

Q: Where do we get fields etc from to compete on?

A; The SMC trailer with its two complete fields, game elements and field control laptops etc can be borrowed by any school PROVIDED that they pick it up the week before and return it the week after the scrimmage. If informal scrimmages are run immediately before or after another informal/formal scrimmage then the trailer can be picked up from the formal or returned to the formal scrimmage. People who borrow the trailer are totally responsible for it and its contents. There will be an online form they will need to fill in to book it.

Q: Do we need to use the game control software at an informal scrimmage?

A: No. The idea is to share ideas and have fun so paper and stopwatches will be more than enough.

Q: Will there be inspection at informal scrimmages?

A: No. But teams can ask for advice on if their robot is legal or not and a sizing tool is in the trailer if teams want to check their robot.

Q: is there a limit to the number of informal scrimmages?

A: No. there can be as many informal scrimmages as people can arrange. Just remember that teachers have lives outside robotics.

Q: Will there be skills at informal scrimmages?

A: No. They are informal.

Formal Scrimmages

Formal scrimmages are spread out during a season and are designed to enable a mechanism by which teams can be ranked so that, if we have to limit numbers at the nationals, we have a fair ranking system in place that can be used to select teams for the nationals.

Q; How many formal scrimmages will there be?

A: This depends upon the calendar and when exams etc happen. In Auckland we aim to have at least 5 formal scrimmage slots available for every team that will translate to around 11 scrimmages that have to be scheduled. Other regions will have different numbers.

Q: What happens at a formal scrimmage?

A: Formal scrimmages in the 2015-2016 season will be run using the VEX ‘dodge it’ competition manual with some variations. The most important variation is the sizing of robots where we will be more relaxed early on in the season and get stricter as the season progresses. This will be detailed in a later email.

Q: Who will run formal scrimmages?

A: This season we intend to get more High School students involved in running the formal scrimmages with the assistance of the Tertiary Volunteers. The intention of this is to get more High School students involved in the operations of events etc.

Q: How will spots at formal scrimmages be allocated?

A: Last year we tried letting teams choose the best spots for them and this sort of worked. This season we will ask teams to indicate which scrimmages they will not be able to attend and we will then allocated spots based on that.

Q: What is happening with the ladder in the upcoming season?

A: The 2015-2016 ladder system will be based upon a nationals ranking of a combination of Robot Skills and Programming Skills only. It is necessary to raise the profile of these events in student’s minds. We could actually qualify 60 teams for the World Championships through Robot and Programming Skills alone in 2016! Teams must at least consider giving these a go.

Q: Who can 'judge' skills?

A: This will be covered in a later email.

 

This is enough for one email.

More to come later.

Chris Hamling

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Hi all,

Hayden Wilson has said the he is moving away from helping with VEX as he must focus on his fourth year engineering studies and that he will simply not have enough time to do anything else. This is not unexpected as fourth year has a huge work load associated with it.

I am sure you will all join me in thanking Hayden for all the hard work he has done for us over the years and dedication and enthusiasm that he has shown. His unwavering energy will be missed as will his cheerful ‘sure, no problem’ replies when asked to do something.

Please could you contact me from now on with any questions or comments you may have and I will answer or deal with them.

Chris Hamling

National Manager

Kiwibots

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Hello potential Auckland scrimmage hosts,

The season of Missile Mania is upon us, and there’s no set list of scrimmage dates yet – yikes!  To make the process as easy yet accommodating as I can, I have created a Google Form that will allow you to simply enter all the required information.  Once there are enough responses I will draw up a scrimmage schedule and post it up here.  This should only take a couple of days if the respondents get in touch fast enough.

If we get any offers to host a March 28th scrim in the next couple of days, we will just announce that scrimmage earlier than the rest so everyone is aware of it as soon as possible.  The rest will follow shortly after anyway, no doubt.

Potential Dates are:

  • 28 March
  • 11 April
  • 2 May
  • 9 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May

So if you are interested, please fill out this form ASAP:  Here is the form!

Cheers,

Rob

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