World Championship Qualifying Docs for VRC HS and MS Posted

You can read them on the Robotics Education website under “Event Management.”

Please note that high school and middle school qualifying is now formally different. Each state/province/region/country has separate allocations by grade level.

Florida gets 9 HS spots…I am cry :frowning:

Is this referring to separate allocations for High School and Middle School, or are there further allocations based on grade within each level (e.i. w spots for 9th grade teams, x spots for 10th grade teams, y spots for 11th grade teams, z spots for 12th grade teams)? If the latter, how would this apply to teams with members in multiple grades?

After reading the documents, I believe they are talking of only HS and MS divisions, not actual grade (6th, 9th, etc) levels.

After the world champ spot came out for each team the pressure is instantly felt. 18 spots for GA is not bad, but there are far more than 18 capable teams in GA. Gotta start working soon.

Here is a sheet showing the changes for different North American regions between the Toss Up season and the Skyrise season.

The big winner is Texas, which nearly doubled its number of teams and gained 14 qualification spots. Maine also did well, going from 3 to 6 spots.

A lot of the larger regions are growing slower than the smaller regions, so lost a couple of spots. The total number of Vex teams increased by 18% but the capacity of Worlds did not increase, so for the number of qualification spots to hold steady in a region that region has to be growing very quickly.

The losers are Hawaii and Wisconsin. Hawaii lost 25 teams and 4 spots. Wisconsin actually grew by 4 teams, but still went from 12 to 9 spots. This is probably due to rounding - they were probably a low 12 to start with and ended up a high 9. The fact that qualifications were split into separate high school and middle school qualification streams might have added to this effect.

I’m probably not the only one who would like to see what the World Championship qualifying spot allocations are for countries outside North America. Will these be released?

Think I will go into depression once I see the number of spot(s) allocated for Singapore…:frowning:

Just wondering, should the country/region performances in the previous World come into the equation?

Surely this will be a more objective approach in deciding on the quality of teams?

At the moment, the number of spots are purely based on the growth rate - or the number of new teams registered. A cynic will say it is all about commercial…

34 spots for Texas! WOOOOT! This is a great thing! :slight_smile:

id like to see whats going on. i made a simple loss/gain spreadsheet and then ran a quick =sum(f2:f56) equation to learn that north america lost 64 worlds spots. im sorry but we hear all this talk about “great growth”… why are we not growing in the number of spots? i mean… 64?! thats HUGE?

Despite NJ gaining 3 spots and this completely not affecting me, I have to agree with roboraven91. Could someone present the rationale for North America losing so many spots?

didnt bother to compare your spreadsheet to mine but i do know for sure you got ontario incorrect. i only noticed because its my province so i pay attention to our qual spots and we only get 13 not 14.

You didn’t read. In the 2013 document the numbers given were combined spots for middle school and high school. For 2014 middle school and high school are in separate documents.

The total number of spots for North America has increased (from 406 to 440). See my spreadsheet here.

Again, I had to combine high school and middle school to make a direct comparison. Ontario got one middle school spot.

Well your ignoring middle school.

Would guess you ignored middle school before as well. Before they had the spots qualified for either tournament so it would make sense that
middle school + High school spots last year /= High school spots this year.

i read. just didnt really get what you were saying. fair enough. my mistake sorry guys.

So from looking at these numbers, the total number of North American teams has increased by 27%. That’s a huge amount. In 2013 6 out of 10 teams were North American, but 90% of the increase in teams was in North America. What has caused this?

17% of the new teams worldwide are in Texas, where the number of teams increased by 79% from 284 to 507. Is that all new people using Vex? Is it caused by students who were previously on VRC teams splitting into smaller teams? Is it caused by organisations who were previously involved with Vex but not VRC registering as VRC teams?

A 79% increase in a state as large as Texas can’t possibly be representative of a long-term trend, and the 24% increase for the rest of North America (excluding Texas) seems unusually large as well. Is there something causing the massive increase in registrations besides simply more students in the program?

I noticed, New Mexico had a 214% team increase and they lost one qualification spot.:confused:

Granted, they don’t have very many teams.

Correct, the Texas Bump is from a Texas Workforce grant that is sponsoring new teams. This rapid growth in Texas will slow down in future years.

GA ended up losing 3 spots, but that may not be a terrible thing. Its always a tough state to get out of, but last year we sent like 15 spots to the skills lists, this will cut down on that number, especially with the graduation of some really good teams like 1961C 675A and E possibly 4495A and B. Hopefully everybody losing so many spots will everybody feel a bit more pressure, and produce some of their best work, but you can understand the loss of spots with the increasing market in some of the newer states to VEX, the separate spots for middle schools plus Europe and the Middle East, VEX had to move some spots around.

I am curios though look at the difference in number of spots gained between Alabama and Maine, how come Maine added so more spots when they are nearly Identical?