It is not by chance that the VEX robotics competition has grown to be the world’s biggest robotics competition! The passion and dedication that the competition generates in the students and anyone involved in the programme is evident by the excitement shown in the 1072 teams that competed in Louisville, USA, last weekend for the right to call themselves World Champions
Huge congratulations to our students - Lynfield College achieved the ultimate accolade being crowned the winners of the High School Excellence Award. They join an elite group of teams who number only nine who can call themselves the best of the best.
The recipient of the Excellence Award "exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX robotics program. They excel in many areas and are a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. They are strong contenders in numerous award categories, and deserve to be recognized for building quality robots and a "team" committed to quality in everything that they do. To be eligible for the Excellence Award at the World Championship, they must have submitted at least two different online challenges in the current year and must also sign up for both an Excellence Award interview and Design Award submissions."
Due to the amazing and dedicated efforts of the senior students along with the support of the junior members in the Lynfield College Robotics Group all of these criteria were meet to a high standard. An example is the online website design challenge in which our www.lcrobotics.nz website was placed 2nd in the world. Our promotional video also made it to the top 10 finalists.
Lynfield College also won the Robot Skills World Champions Award for the highest score in the world in a competition where the robot competes alone on the field under driver control for one minute. Scoring 454 points equates to getting two balls into a net with an opening roughly half the size of a netball hoop 15 feet away every second! All of this was done using a robot built and programmed by our students and their next closest rival was 23 points behind them.
The Guinness Book of World Records has formally recognized the VEX World Championships as the biggest in the world, and for anyone who needs convincing that VEX Robotics is a sport America’s premier sports channel ESPN will be airing #VEXWorlds on ESPN2 on July 20th