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VEX Robotics Competition On Tuesday 5th February 2013, I was privileged to be part of the Year 10 Robotics Team, who went to the VEX robotics regional competition held at the Aston University Engineering Academy. This day included a tournament between teams and a chance to progress to the national finals. We faced many opponents of which six came from Nottingham High School. Thanks to our programming team, we were the only entrants to have an autonomous mode programmed into the robot, which gave us a slight advantage. During the course of the competition we faced many problems, such as our batteries failing. This caused us to change the design of the robot multiple times and create many temporary repairs. However all was not lost, the build team were quick to react; completely rebuilding the robot in eight minutes and putting us back on track on more than one occasion. Altogether we came in third place, received the Judges Award for our efforts and a place in the national finals. The national finals were hosted at the Excel in London, on the 15th and 16th of March 2013, this was one of the many attractions at the ‘Big Bang’ fair. This was not like the regional finals, as it was on a much larger scale with 39 teams participating and a chance to go to California, to the international competition. On the first day we were allocated our area to prepare the robot and make any final adjustments. We were then shown the two arenas in which we would be participating, shortly before the tournament began. By the end of the day our team was at mid-table in the position ranking and we had adapted our robot to prepare for the upcoming matches. The next day we awoke with high hopes and determination, eager to get back into the action. With our robot modified we began the tournament once more, and played out the last few matches. By the end of the tournament we had finished in 26th place and gained much experience for next year’s project. We felt this was a great achievement as it was our first time competing for Prince Henry’s High School and many of the entrants had previous experience or were older than us, some coming from engineering colleges. We would like to thank Mr Parker and Ms Martin for supporting us throughout this competition and Miss Park for helping us during school time. We are now waiting for the guidelines to be given out for next year’s competition so we can compete with a better understanding of what is to come. By Connor Deacon, Year 10 Page 29

The Henrician (2013)  

The Henrician (2013)

The Henrician (2013)  

The Henrician (2013)