Help OMGTech support Onehunga students to take on the world at the VEX Robotics champs!

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Help OMGTech Support Onehunga Students To Take On The World At The VEX Robotics Champs!

Project 2015-03-27 14:49:23 +1300

Students from Onehunga High Schools robotics group are set to take on the world in April, hopefully with some support from all of us!

The students were in the winning alliance at the VEX New Zealand 2015 Nationals. The win gives them entry to the VEX World Championships to be held from the 15th to the 18th of April 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

OMGTech are sponsoring Kaitlyn Tregidga , a young girl in the team that represents the OMGTech spirit of encouraging girls to be inspired by Science & Technology. And we need your support to do it. Help us raise $4000 to get Kaitlyn on a trip of a lifetime!

But we would love to push it further and raise enough for all 7 students!! So be generous and help us take these future innovators and adventurers on a trip of a lifetime.

The total cost for the trip per student team member is $4,000. There are 7 student team members going plus support team. And they leave NZ on 11 April so they need your pledge today!

Their story so far…

OHS entered two robots in the national competition. Each robot has a team of people who design, build, programme and drive it so that it is capable of performing set tasks on a predetermined field.

The challenge for 2015 was to create a robot that could build a tower and stack plastic cubes, and Onehunga’s winning team spent nearly a year perfecting the performance of their robot.

Competition over Nationals weekend was intense. Nearly 80 teams from around New Zealand descended on the Manukau Events Centre to face twelve preliminary rounds to rank the teams. A short ‘autonomous’ challenge tests programming skills and provides valuable points, and then it is game on as four robots in two alliances compete to build and stack winning combinations.

At the end of these rounds, Onehunga’s teams were ranked 8th and further back in the field. In a twist of fate that is part of the design of the challenge, it was the ofurther back ranked team which was chosen to join the alliance which eventually became the VEX NZ 2015 Nationals champions. Through the quarter, semi and final rounds the tension grew as robots and their teams rise to some challenges, suffer mechanical faults in others, and are thwarted by, or triumph over, other alliances strategic moves. By 3pm the dedicated crew from Kiwibots (who organise the challenge) were breaking out the Macarena to lighten the atmosphere. Undeterred by cheesy music, OHS stuck to the job at hand and emerged from the final challenge with big smiles and a winner’s trophy.

Technology teacher and robotics coach Doug Bryan says of the teams “this was probably the proudest moment, outside of winning the Worlds. We did not expect it, as our teams are all year 9-11 students. We went to the Nationals to find out what it is all about and get ready for next year”.

If you would like to help Onehunga High School students to travel to Louisville in April for the VEX World Championships, please contact [email protected]

http://www.kiwibots.co.nz/kiwiblog/entry/new-zealand-nationals-results

http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-world-champ/

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ruth
2015-04-03 07:56:33 +1300

"Best of luck 👍"

Anonymous pledger
2015-04-02 16:14:53 +1300
Michał Mieszkowski
2015-04-02 16:02:13 +1300

"Go R2-D2"

Nathan Holmberg
2015-04-01 17:47:48 +1300

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Followers of Help OMGTech support Onehunga students to take on the world at the VEX Robotics champs!

Help OMGTech Support Onehunga Students To Take On The World At The VEX Robotics Champs!

Project 2015-03-27 14:49:23 +1300

Students from Onehunga High Schools robotics group are set to take on the world in April, hopefully with some support from all of us!

The students were in the winning alliance at the VEX New Zealand 2015 Nationals. The win gives them entry to the VEX World Championships to be held from the 15th to the 18th of April 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

OMGTech are sponsoring Kaitlyn Tregidga , a young girl in the team that represents the OMGTech spirit of encouraging girls to be inspired by Science & Technology. And we need your support to do it. Help us raise $4000 to get Kaitlyn on a trip of a lifetime!

But we would love to push it further and raise enough for all 7 students!! So be generous and help us take these future innovators and adventurers on a trip of a lifetime.

The total cost for the trip per student team member is $4,000. There are 7 student team members going plus support team. And they leave NZ on 11 April so they need your pledge today!

Their story so far…

OHS entered two robots in the national competition. Each robot has a team of people who design, build, programme and drive it so that it is capable of performing set tasks on a predetermined field.

The challenge for 2015 was to create a robot that could build a tower and stack plastic cubes, and Onehunga’s winning team spent nearly a year perfecting the performance of their robot.

Competition over Nationals weekend was intense. Nearly 80 teams from around New Zealand descended on the Manukau Events Centre to face twelve preliminary rounds to rank the teams. A short ‘autonomous’ challenge tests programming skills and provides valuable points, and then it is game on as four robots in two alliances compete to build and stack winning combinations.

At the end of these rounds, Onehunga’s teams were ranked 8th and further back in the field. In a twist of fate that is part of the design of the challenge, it was the ofurther back ranked team which was chosen to join the alliance which eventually became the VEX NZ 2015 Nationals champions. Through the quarter, semi and final rounds the tension grew as robots and their teams rise to some challenges, suffer mechanical faults in others, and are thwarted by, or triumph over, other alliances strategic moves. By 3pm the dedicated crew from Kiwibots (who organise the challenge) were breaking out the Macarena to lighten the atmosphere. Undeterred by cheesy music, OHS stuck to the job at hand and emerged from the final challenge with big smiles and a winner’s trophy.

Technology teacher and robotics coach Doug Bryan says of the teams “this was probably the proudest moment, outside of winning the Worlds. We did not expect it, as our teams are all year 9-11 students. We went to the Nationals to find out what it is all about and get ready for next year”.

If you would like to help Onehunga High School students to travel to Louisville in April for the VEX World Championships, please contact [email protected]

http://www.kiwibots.co.nz/kiwiblog/entry/new-zealand-nationals-results

http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-world-champ/

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ruth
2015-04-03 07:56:33 +1300

"Best of luck 👍"

Anonymous pledger
2015-04-02 16:14:53 +1300
Michał Mieszkowski
2015-04-02 16:02:13 +1300

"Go R2-D2"

Nathan Holmberg
2015-04-01 17:47:48 +1300

Followers of Help OMGTech support Onehunga students to take on the world at the VEX Robotics champs!

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