VEX and WeDo leagues Challenge 1

Well done to all the teams that turned up for the first challenge last Thursday. Amazingly only two eggs were damaged on the evening at the VEX event and they were by the same team! You know who you are…

It was interesting to see a range of modifications that had been applied to most of the VEX robots, including some ‘egg delivery systems’ that had variable success. The WeDo robots however showed even more variation with Riverdale devising a powered winch rather than a powered car to move the objects along the course. They also used gear wheels to limit slip on the drive belts.

The aim of the leagues is to get pupils thinking like engineers. Yes they can use experience to base their thoughts on but thinking about the fundamentals of the problems and how best to solve it is the key. If that means a totally novel approach then so be it. As the year progresses we will also see much more of a focus on the programming integrating with the hardware. There will be training available for the VEX software in late November and that date will be announced to all teams soon.

Although this is a league, we have shied away form ‘points make prizes’ at this initial stage however at future events there will be prizes up for grabs. For now though I will simply mention that all teams performed really well in both leagues and that LJS were the quickest in the egg slalom. Next challenges will be live early next week…

Posted on October 27, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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