I'm spending this weekend at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, California, for the final round of qualification in the VEX Robotics "Elevation" tournament. (For a quick rundown on the rules, keep reading.)
iD Tech Camps gave away a scholarship to the "Excellence" award winning team - Team Spyder from Poway High School!
The winning Alliance consisted of 3 teams, the rest of the matches were 2-on-2. Check out the pictures - Robotics isn't just for boys!
The ingenuity and enthusiasm I see at these tournaments is unbelievable. We use the same kits in our iD Tech Camps RoboContenders class that are used for this tournament, and I can't wait to see what this summer's crop of roboticists comes up with!
Here's a quick rundown on the rules, from the vexrobotics.com website:
- Elevation is played on a 12'x12' square field. Two alliances - one "red" and one "blue" - composed of two teams each, compete in each match which consists of a twenty-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play.
- The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent alliance by placing cubes into goals, and by "owning" goals by having the highest cube in a given goal. Points can also be earned by "parking" on the platform or by "controlling" the bonus cube.
- A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the Autonomous Period.