robotics club testing robots

Vex EDR 2015 Season Week 3

The first league competitions of the year made for a very exciting week of robotics club!

The teams worked very hard to make sure they had operational robots for the competition on Wednesday. Before competition began, the teams were excited and some last minute repairs were made.

The practice after the competition brought new challenges for the students to tackle.

Robotics Club League

I was very excited to see how the teams would handle their first taste of Vex Robotics competition of the year after last week’s progress.

All four teams arrived in time to compete and got to work making sure their robots were functional.

The team staging area before the robotics match
The team staging area before the robotics match

The staging area for the competition was a whirlwind of activity, with all of the region teams testing their robots.

Our team 5794D ran in to some last minute problems when one of their motors broke. Luckily they had a spare with and were able to make repairs in time to compete.

Last minute repairs before the robotics matches began
Last minute repairs before the robotics matches began
Setting up for a robotics match
Setting up for a robotics match

As competition began, our robotics teams moved into place.

The kids had a chance to see some of the programs that have been around for several seasons, as well as see the high school teams.

Even though the robotics club at WMS is only a few weeks old and has limited parts, our teams did their best. It was really fun to watch and see them adapt to competition.

Team 5794A getting ready for their first robotics match
Team 5794A getting ready for their first robotics match
Team 5794B getting ready for their first robotics match
Team 5794B getting ready for their first robotics match

Robotics Club Practice

Thursday brought some new challenges to the robotics club.

The first part of practice was an open forum where all of the teams and students had a chance to give their feedback and observations about the competition. All of the students enjoyed the competition, but there were definitely some rules they hadn’t read and some team management issues they ran in to.

Team 5794C getting ready for their first robotics match
Team 5794C getting ready for their first robotics match

One of my favorite things to do is rotate leadership in the robotics teams. After the feedback time of practice was done, I had each team choose a new team leader for the week. Here are the new team leaders.

  • 5794A – James O.
  • 5794B – Dennis K.
  • 5794C – Hunter B.
  • 5794D – Emily S.

This week I gave the teams the following tasks to complete. First, they need to redesign their robots to comply with rules they had missed. Second, they are required to get competition code running on their robots. Finally, they need to practice driving.

Team 5794D getting ready for their first robotics match
Team 5794D getting ready for their first robotics match

Once I gave the students their tasks to work on, the new team leaders assigned members of their team to each item.

The school got us our assigned notebooks with RobotC installed so I gave a team member of each team an overview of the competition template and showed them where to learn more about RobotC and Vex coding.

Vex EDR robotics match underway
Vex EDR robotics match underway

The robotics club has a very challenging week ahead of them as they begin to code! This is new ground for all of the students and I am excited to see how far each team is able to come before next week’s match. I am also anxiously awaiting additional parts and funding.

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