VEX Advanced Wisdom Project

Dear Vex Forum users,

After extensive discussion with many of the top tier VEXU programs, it became obvious that there is a gap in the ability to share knowledge among VRC and VEXU programs. The existing infrastructure that VEX has put out has been a fantastic resource for teams interested in getting into the field of robotics, but the introduction of VAIC has increased opportunities for both High School and University students to experiment with more advanced robotics techniques.
The current VEX V5 resources are at this link: https://education.vex.com/edr/stem-labs/

During this discussion there were three plans put in place: the creation of a central knowledge base for VEX specific information (spearheaded by Purdue Sigbots), and the recording of a video series that would teach many concepts related to VRC and FRC with initial emphasis on VAIC applicable topics(currently managed by Team HAIL at UMich).

The Purdue Sigbots Wiki is currently live: https://www.vexforum.com/t/purdue-sigbots-robotics-knowledgebase-wiki/

HAIL’s video series is poised to start the recording phase soon. An updated link will be posted.

The final plan was more ambitious, having a Question and Answer platform that would be able to empower students to go above and beyond with their understanding of engineering. To do this, a panel of university students with experience and high level understanding in specific topics was assembled in order to answer any questions that may arise in a student’s journey for knowledge. To properly engage with our audience a Discord platform was created with the hope to move to a separate website or forum entirely in the future.

Discord Link: https://discord.gg/EmzuC3A

What is the goal of this?

With VAIC becoming a great experiment for all levels of the competition, it is incredibly helpful for teams that do not have the prerequisite background and experience to get involved with assistance from the highest level of university students who have all participated in the VEX Robotics Competition in both VEXU and VRC. Furthermore, we seek to centralize the wealth of information between generations of robotics students in one location.

How can I contribute?

We are committed to making this project as open source and collaborative as possible. If you have resources or are currently making educational curriculum and would like it to be in this compilation of work feel free to PM me and I will pass the information on to the rest of the VAW Project Team. If you are interested in contributing to the wiki feel free to open a pull request on the wiki’s repo. Simply click edit on github on any of the pages to see where in the repo that specific page is. If you would like to discuss or bring up an issue with the wiki without fixing it yourself, feel free to open up an issue on the aforementioned wiki repo.

The wiki repo is found here: https://github.com/purduesigbots/BLRS-Wiki

Why Discord?

This was the biggest question to the third part of our operation. The use of the messaging platform Discord in the current phase of the project is one that did not come without debate. Because of the problems and culture surrounding the platform, it has been decided that increased moderation protocols and a strict rules system be developed to prevent unwanted and off topic conversation. The main reason for the decision was our target age range for Wiki contributors, with discord being used extensively by High School and University students. To follow through with our goal of empowering students, having the discussion readily accessible was required. This is still an interim plan, we as a team are working on an individualized platform for our needs.

The VEX community is one that is better together, we believe that the increased sharing of knowledge that is accessible to every team will bring about better robots and, most importantly, better engineers.

Thank you,

The VEX Advanced Wisdom Project Team and our affiliated teams:

  • BCUZ
  • BLRS
  • BUFF
  • CSUN
  • HAIL
  • PSU
  • QUEEN
  • XD
  • YNOT
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Sounds like a wonderful idea. I’ll be interested to see where this goes!

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This sounds awesome. Thanks for putting this together guys!

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This is gonna be epic!

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does this mean ez doesnt have advanced wisdom? i think they rather do have big brains.

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fr tho this is pretty “pogchamp” as the youths say

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Fantastic project; I’m excited for this! One thing: The BLRS/Purdue Wiki specializes in electronics and software, while many new teams struggle with hardware and build quality. Will the BLRS wiki eventually have entries on hardware/build?

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Yes, we will allow mechanics/strategy/other types of articles. Since this is a community run Wiki, all you have to do to spearhead that portion is create a pull request on our wiki, linked here.

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This here is a wiki I found on vex forum with some good infos on hardwares

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Thanks! The hardware section has been added to the BLRS Wiki, and can be accessed here.

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Hi Josh, the project is going to split up between our VEXU teams based on their strong suits. Teams like XD, YNOT, and BUFF will be working on a more indepth hardware document that will be released sometime in the near future. When we started this project we learned that BLRS had been working on something similar and are now using all of our know how to contribute to documenting a larger scope of information.

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While started by the VEXU community, the Wiki allows for contributions by anybody (with an approval process via pull request). Josh has done a great job in spearheading the mechanics/hardware section. Currently, there are only two articles in the hardware section and we’d be glad if more were written in regards to basic vex building, manufacturing, and other more specialized VEXU/VAIC aspects to Vex.

Again, we invite you to join the discussion taking place about our document creation in our discord channel: https://discord.gg/qRfQf5Q

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This is so cool it isn’t even funny. This is so amazing, creative and innovative. I love this. Thank you!

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