Building Robots at School

November 8, 2009

Washington VEX Jump Start Tournament

Filed under: Uncategorized — dtengineering @ 9:36 pm

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Teams prepare for autonomous mode in a qualifying round at the Seattle VEX Jump Start tournament.

Wow! What a great Saturday in Seattle. The competition started off, as could be expected, kind of slowly, but quickly some of the traditional top teams began to rise to the top of the qualifying ranks. But the playoffs proved that you can never, ever, take something for granted in robotics as two of the lower ranked alliances upset some genuine powerhouse teams to meet in the finals. A special thanks to Rick Tyler and the team of volunteers that he brought together to put on this fabulous event. 27 VEX teams from across the Pacific Northwest had a great time, learned a lot… and not just about robots… and came away eager to meet again on December 12th at Gladstone Secondary, in Vancouver.

One of the highlights for me was seeing team 1426a, from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, in Surrey, captain their alliance all the way to the finals. This was exciting because their teacher, Mr. Lo, was one of the teachers who attended our Robotics workshop (see below) last spring, and the robot his students built was made using the parts from the “Competition Kit” option presented at the workshop.

For a more detailed discussion of the event, and results listings, go to the VEX Forum. I’ve posted some photos to photobucket, too.

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