Experience at the VEX Robotics World Competition

Experience at the VEX Robotics World Competition
Posted on 06/02/2017
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Perspective from students on the Robotics team

In early May, the Indian Hill Robotics Team went to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the VEX Robotics World Competition with 564 high school teams from 40 countries around the world. While close to home, the international presence at the VEX Robotics World Competition made it a unique and meaningful experience. Both teams 8304H and 8304P performed very well for their first appearance at worlds. By the end of the first day, both teams had won over half of their matches.

Upon completion of the qualifying rounds, which lasted for three days, team 8304H had a win/loss record of 4-6, while team 8304P had a record of 6-4. One notable achievement of team 8304P is that they were the only team in their division, out of six total divisions, that had a perfect record for winning the autonomous part of the competition. What this means is that at the beginning of each match, teams have a 15 second pre-programmed sequence that is carried out by the robot. Any points scored are added up, and the team with the most points at this time wins the autonomous portion of the match. Of 564 teams, only three teams had this distinction, including 8304P.

When the qualifying rounds came to an end, 8304H and 8304P placed well in each of their divisions. They then had the chance to go on to the Division tournaments where each of the division's top teams would play against one another. As the alliance selection began there was a feeling amongst the teams that they may be chosen by one of the top eight teams in their division. While neither team advanced to the division tournament. However, watching the division tournaments, the following round robin with division winners, and the championship proved to be an extremely exciting experience.

On a side note, teams 8304H and 8304P also competed in the skills challenge aspect of the world competition. The skills challenge is an additional competition that involves individual teams playing against the clock. It is composed of a driving component and programming component, and teams have one minute for each of these parts of the skills challenge. The goal is to try to earn the most points possible. Team 8304P finished 23rd overall out of 564 teams in combined driver and programming skills.

Overall, the entire robotics team enjoyed their first experience at the VEX Robotics World Competition. They learned a great deal, and are looking forward to next year’s competition. If you have any questions, make sure to stop by their booth at music fest and check them out on instagram @ihengineering8304.