VEX Regional Robotics Competition
Ru Chivere in 10N sent this report.
‘On Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 January Invicta held two VEX Regional Competitions which were attended by teams from a range of schools.
Monday evening was very busy as the Invicta team members helped to put together the arenas where the matches would take place. Others went out to buy a variety of different snacks to be enjoyed during the competition. The next day, we welcomed the teams into the gym after they were skillfully directed by our selected parking coordinators, who gave up their time to make sure everyone parked in the right zone. Even though it was raining, they were still smiling!
After a few practice matches, the competition got into full swing with qualification matches; with both of the school’s teams going straight through to the semi-finals. Unfortunately, ‘Team Invictus’ just missed out on a spot in the finals by 2 points but they managed to put up a good fight in the process. On the other hand, ‘Team InVEXta’ attained a place in the finals where they were ultimately beaten by 1 point and achieved second place. Well done to both teams for doing so well in the stressful conditions, and we hope to qualify for nationals at the upcoming regional in Canterbury.
On Wednesday, students from Year 7 and Year 9 joined alliances to take part in Maidstone’s first VEX IQ regional. Invicta’s IQ team ‘BoBo the Bobots’ showed collective motivation and tact as they shared the responsibilities in the skills and teamwork challenges. For their first competition, the team did incredibly well and now know what they must work on moving forward this season. Thank you to Annie Yang and Becky Rowe for overseeing the VEX IQ team and acting as mentors.
A big thanks goes out to Mrs Pink for planning both days and the countless hours she has spent making sure everything was ready in time and Mrs Hare who printed off all the schedules and ensured everything ran smoothly both days. Another thanks goes out to Dr. Millgate who sometimes works with us in Robotics POP and acted as a stress reliever when frustration reached its peak!
Both days were a definite success and we anticipate that we will have the opportunity to host again next season.’