I took my two teams to the Wildstang VEX Robotics Competition this past weekend in the Chicago area. They finished qualifications as the #2 seed (Bot-E Builders) and #4 seed (Shockwave). The #1 seed (3018) chose Bot-E Builders to join their alliance and along with 111B (Wildstang) ended up winning the tournament.
In addition to being tournament champions, Bot-E Builders won the Robot Skills Challenge, Programming Skills Challenge, and Think Award. Bot-E Builders is a team of 6 middle schoolers who realized this weekend that they can compete with high schoolers at any competition. I am so proud of how they conducted themselves and what they were able to accomplish.
Wildstang put on a great competition. I’ve been familiar with Wildstang for several years through FRC and expected nothing less. Everything ran smoothly and they were ahead of schedule the entire day. If the Chicago area is within travelling distance for your team I would suggest you consider attending their event in the future.
Programming Skills was won with a score of 9! Many teams seemed to be having problems with their autonomous if they had one at all. I was really surprised by the 9 since they scored 20 in the majority of their competition matches. Robot Skills was won with a score of 63.
The only video I have is on 8mm and I currently don’t have a means to get that into a digital format. I’ll have to check with one of my sons about pictures.
Our school had a similar thing happen this weekend at the Southern Ontario Regional. We had 7 teams participate, 5 of which made eliminations, 1 being a middle school team (1241F). After quarter finals action 4 were eliminated and only 1 remained…they were the middle school team. They fought their way through the semi finals…and ended up in the finals only to finish in second place, but none the less they still make it to the World Championship. They too realized how much fun math, science and technology exactly is. They are now going to Orlando in April for the World Championships along with our other 2 teams (1241, 1241D) who qualified in the previous regional (Toronto Regional).