This has been a truly incredible event. I really want to begin by saying a huge thank you to all the volunteers who ran the event, you did a great job. We stuck to the schedule, had loads of fun, and everything ran smoothly. I also want to say thank you to the sponsors of Kiwibots, us kids really do gain a lot through the VEX Robotics Competition and I know events like this are not cheap, we really are grateful for your support.
52 teams competed this weekend, from all across New Zealand. It was wonderful to see teams we generally don’t see in person, thank you all for coming up to Auckland!
I know the live stream wasn’t online yesterday, hopefully anybody following the event managed to find everything they wanted through RobotEvents/VEX Via, but if you do have any specific questions, I will do my best to answer them.
Rankings after Qualification Rounds (top 8):
- 2941A, 16 WPs, 216 SPs (8-0-0)
- 7682E, 16 WPs, 213 SPs (8-0-0)
- 5874A, 16 WPs, 179 SPs (8-0-0)
- 2915A, 15 WPs, 272 SPs (7-0-1)
- 2921A, 14 WPs, 268 SPs (7-1-0)
- 7682, 13 WPs, 206 SPs (6-1-1)
- 2941B, 12 WPs, 208 SPs (6-2-0)
- 7757Z, 12 WPs, 169 SPs (6-2-0)
- 2941A, 2915A, 2915C
- 7682E, 7682, 2919M
- 5874A, 7757Z, 2908Y
- 2921A, 2941B, 2976C
- 5606C, 2901B, 5606A
- 2918D, 2911A, 2911B
- 2918A, 2915B, 2913A
- 2900A, 2921B, 2906A
I would go through every single elimination game, but I’m sure most of you just want to know the overall results so I’ll skip to those and if you want more you can either ask, or you can find everything you could want on RobotEvents/VEX Via. So here we go with the spots that qualify for the World Championships (5 spots):
**Tournament Champions: 2941A, 2915A, 2915C
Excellence Award: 5606A
Design Award: 2921A
Additionally, Tournament Finalists were 7682E, 7682, and 2919M, although sadly they do not qualify as finalists.
Robot Skills (Top 8):
- 2915A, 106 points
- 2941B, 88 points
- 2941A, 78 points
- 2915B, 74 points
- 7682, 73 points
- 2921A, 72 points
- 2918A, 66 points
- 7682E, 65 points
- 7682, 63 points
- 2911A, 52 points
- 2918A, 48 points
- 2921A, 31 points
- 2919M, 12 points
- 5874A, 11 points
- 5606A, 5 points
Congratulations to all the teams, for more information please see the RobotEvents page, or just ask here
Not many people know or realise this, but today was in fact my last High School competition in New Zealand. It’s been sad for me to know that this day was coming but I am very proud of what I have accomplished and very grateful for the opportunity VEX and the Kiwibots have given me. A lot of people who know me have recognised how since I joined VEX, my confidence has greatly increased. I have moved on from being the kid that didn’t really fit in to the guy in robotics who has met plenty of great friends, learned a huge amount of knowledge, and I have learned a whole load of life skills through VEX. This has really changed my life in a great way. I want to say thanks to Free Range (#2921) for being a wonderful team, and a big thanks to Massey University and especially Johan Potgieter for supporting me from the very start, all those years ago.
This year I have been starting to move away from competing and more into a mentoring position. I am ever so proud of the teams in Christchurch I have been assisting online and in person (flying back down there soon!), they made it to Nationals which brought a big smile to my face. I’m planning to continue helping them, especially now that I have a bit more time (although I do need to focus on my final year of high school, getting the right grades for uni), and I look forward to seeing them grow further. I’m now also attending Long Bay College, so I will be helping their team out wherever I can.
Yesterday I had the most pleasant surprise when I was awarded the Mentor of the Year Award at the New Zealand Nationals, I’m really glad I was seated at the back of the stands because I was starting to get a little bit teary eyed once it all settled in. Really guys, thank you!! It’s time for me to move on from the High School competition. To me, VEX isn’t about winning big fancy awards, it’s about STEM Education, learning about robotics, creating the future engineers, and developing life skills for young people. That’s what I love about VEX, and I feel that it is time to give back to the programme that has given my all these opportunities. As I’m in my final year of High School, I will not be at school by the time the next season’s Nationals and World Championships come around, I will be at University then, and so this year I’m entirely focusing on mentoring and helping the next set of people coming into VEX.
Thank you VEX, Kiwibots, Massey University and to everyone who has supported me and given me such a wonderful opportunity. I would name all of you but I fear the page would take too long to load in your web browser