Since January we have a qualifier record of 24-9-1 and have won the autonomous bonus 26 times. That’s a huge advantage for our team as it sets a large deficit for the opponents to overcome. A large part of this winning is from our current far tile autonomous. In it we flip the top flag (flip score for us), take the ball from under one cap (scoring it for us), flip another cap (flipping to score for us), go flip the top center flag (scoring it for us) and, if needed based on our partner and their abilities, park. In 15 seconds. Thats a raw score of 9 points for us, and a 12 point swing (descoring an opponents flag and cap).
As described above, our auton is selectable. We currently have 4 selectable programs, one for each tile location, and each is selectable for using the park or not. This gives us lots of flexibility in working with the capabilities and levels of our partners. All this, plus our skills programs are selected using the VEX LCD and our menuing programs.
We have been working on all this this since the beginning of the year and its getting pretty good. This past weekend, it was successful twice. Sometimes we hit a field element when executing and that takes our path off location. We will continue to refine prior to states and the US Open in August to get the path clear and working more reliable.
Check out the video on our YouTube Page. Needless to say, we are quite excited to show you, and hopefully you are on our alliance when you see it!
We made it to the State Championship (event page)!! This is the big one for the state. These will be the top 32 teams in our state, from Excellence and Design awards to Tournament Champions (see the event page for the list of teams). We will face some tough competition.
The event will be held at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building on the campus of Monroe County Community College (directions and note, this is roughly a 1 1/2 hour drive and the agenda below shows the doors opening at 7, so plan your weekend accordingly). Our friends at Team Virus are hosting this event. This is the event where we could get 1 of 4 invites to VEX Worlds. We have done well in the past, as we have won 3 Design awards in 3 visits to the Michigan State Championship.
Excellence– Vex Worlds and US Open
Tournament Champions (2) – Vex Worlds and US Open
Design Award – Vex Worlds and US Open
Volunteer of the year
Tournament finalists (2)
Skills Champion – US Open
7:00 – Doors open for early birds and inspection
8:00 – Judges meeting
8:15 – Drivers meeting
8:30 – Opening Ceremony
8:45 – Qualifying matches start
12:00 – Qualifiers complete, elimination picks and Lunch
This is a busy couple weeks. On Saturday February 2nd we have a Torunament at Cranbrook (event page). This is a middle school only event. The event is held at Cranbrook school, at 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI (directions). There are currently 24 teams on the list, many of whom we see often – Notre Dame, Cranbrook,Van Hoosen, Oakland Christian, among others, so the gym will look very familiar.
8:00 AM Teams arrive/Inspection
9:30 AM Driver’s meeting/Team meeting
9:45 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00 AM Qualification matches begin
12:00-1:00PM Lunch (Skills open during lunch)
1:00 PM Qualification Matches resume
2:30 PM Final Rounds
3:00 PM Clean-up and Closing ceremony
If you have family and friends coming for our cheering section (hopefully we will have the boards this time…) they can come any time (free event!!!) but after 10 they will be able to see the matches.
Awards at this event are as follows: Excellence (States, US Open), Tournament Champions (States, US Open) , Design (States, US Open) , Tournament Finalists, Skills Champion (US Open).
Don’t forget to message your lunch order if you want sandwiches.
What a day! We finished in 4th place, played and won 4 matches and won 4 autonomous bonuses. So, after the 3rd and final league qualifying event, we are 9-4-1, with 19 win points, 40 auton bonus points (10 of 14 autons won!), and 152 SP.
In addition to great matches today, we moved up in skills rankings. Our new skills programs got us 8 points for programming skills while we got 16 points for driver skills. This places us 2nd overall in league skills with 24 points. In Vex World Skills rankings, this places us in 65 place of 1608 middle school teams globally, 37th place of 1356 in the US and 10th place of 98 in Michigan.
For everyone’s info, the second league event on January 13th is at Notre Dame High High School, not Nissan Technical Center. Because of this, there is a limited amount of space available for teams. As such, there is priority being given to teams that could not make the December event, or teams that can’t make the upcoming event on January 27th. We don’t have any planned absences, so our attendance will be determined by a drawing next week. So…
I don’t know if we will be attending the Nissan event on January 13th. I hope to know by the 10th and when I get info, I’ll pass along as soon as I get it. Please check the the website and our team Group-me posts for further info.
9:00 – Qualifying matches begin/Skills field opens
12:00 – Lunch (send the lunch form to Jenn)
3:30 – Alliance Selection and Eliminations beign
4:30 – Awards
5:00 – Cleanup
If you have family and friends coming for our cheering section (hopefully we will have the boards this time…) they can come any time (free event!!!) but after 9 they will be able to see the matches.
Awards at this event are as follows: Excellence (States, US Open), Tournament Champions (States, US Open) , Design (States, US Open) , Judges, Volunteer of the year, Skills Champion (US Open).
Prizes! Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below: First-place winners will be awarded $500. Second-place entries will be awarded $250. Third-place entries will be awarded $100.
From engineergirl.org – Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.
The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.
We want stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.
We want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, “I want to be able to do that” or “I can do that.”
To enter the contest:
Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
There are three basic rules:
Your main character must be female.
Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem – she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers.
Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level, which is listed below. Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words. Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words.
All stories must be original work. Any evidence of plagiarism will immediately disqualify an entry.
On December first Major trouble drove up the Grandville Michigan. After six qualification matches, we were in 23rd place, and were chosen as an alliance partner by the 23rd ranked team. As partners, we made to the quarter and semifinals.