Team 5794D discussing their robot

Vex EDR 2015 Season Week 5

The Robotics Club teams continued to make progress this week with better designs, more RobotC code, more documentation in their engineering notebooks, and some teams making their first stabs at autonomous operation.

Coming off of last week’s activities, the students were eager to continue improving their robots and see their ideas in action.

All of the WMS Titan Robotics Club teams continued to improve and were a lot of fun to watch.

Robotics Club League

The WMS Titan Robotics Club teams continued where they left off last week in league play. The teams maintained their own responsibility for being in the right place at the right time and again did not miss any matches.

Last minute adjustments to code for robotics club team
Last minute adjustments to code for robotics club team

All of the teams had modified their designs and code in some way and were still making last minute adjustments before the robotics league play. It is great to watch them scramble to make one more adjustment before competition begins.

Team 5794A making mechanical adjustments to a robot
Team 5794A making mechanical adjustments to a robot

All of the WMS Titan Robotics Club teams improved this week.

Team 5794D continued to find success this week and placed third.

Team 5794B placed fifth, which was a huge jump for them.

Team 5794C tightening some parts on their robot
Team 5794C tightening some parts on their robot

With all of the more advanced and more experienced teams we are competing with, it is great to see our brand new program hold it’s own.

Many of the strongest teams in the league are high school students; it is fun to see the middle school teams do well with simpler designs and less parts.

Team 5794D fixing a loose ramp
Team 5794D fixing a loose ramp

The league did see some better shooting from some of the more experienced teams, as well as the first lift during league competition. The more advanced robots are helping our teams improve rapidly.

The Vex league's first lift
The Vex league’s first lift
A shooter matched up with one of our teams
A shooter matched up with one of our teams

Robotics Club Practice

Practice went fast again this week as teams are becoming more ambitious in their designs and more confident in their skills.

Here are this week’s team leaders.

  • 5794A – James O.
  • 5794B – Dennis K.
  • 5794C – Gracie N.
  • 5794D – Levi F.
Robotics club team 5794C moving towards the goal
Robotics club team 5794C moving towards the goal

I was happy to announce this week that principal Pam F. found us some funds so that we can compete in a large regional tournament! The students are excited to see other teams from around the state.

Robotics club team 5794B moves toward the goalthe goal
Robotics club team 5794B moves toward the goal

With my announcement of our attending the tournament, the students began to look at the next 3 weeks as trying to get ready for that event. They added more to their engineering notebooks and worked hard on design improvements.

Robotics club teams 5794A and 5794D on the field
Robotics club teams 5794A and 5794D on the field

I was very excited to see team 5794C take their first stab at writing autonomous functions in their RobotC code. The students eyes lit up to see their robot move across the field without them controlling it.

Robotics club team 5794C scoring with their new design
Robotics club team 5794C scoring with their new design

Robotics Club Fund Raising

The T-Shirt fundraiser has finished and it’s time to order shirts!

Please make sure you fill out the form and have a check to pay for shirts Monday at practice. We want all of our robotics club team members wearing shirts for the tournament!

Valeri D. has been working hard and has sent out information to all parents for the fundraiser. Thanks Valeri!