Sep.27.2017 – Event Photos

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September 2017 Game – Maze Challenge

Welcome to the 2017/2018 VSB Robotics Competition – Maze Challenge

The object of the game is to complete the maze in the shortest time possible.

Each robot team consist of a robot and one human driver per match. There are no limits as to the number of human drivers per robot team, but each driver can only drive one designated robot per event.

Maze Challenge is played on a ‘8 feet by 4 feet’ robotics table, the driving area is approximately 9 inches wide.

The exact maze pattern will be debut at the event.

All drivers must stay within the designated ‘driver zone’ at all times during the match play.

Robot(s) for this game may be: VEX-EDR, VEX-IQ, or LEGO Mindstorms.
Robot(s) for this game may not be larger than 9” wide, 18” long, with unlimited height.
Robot may not expand beyond the size restrictions after the start of the match.

The robot team with the shortest amount of drive time will win the competition.

The overall winning robot team will receive a ‘golden ticket’ which will enable free entry for all the robots (up to a maximum of 5 robots) for their school for the next consecutive competition.

Please check back at the game website often for the latest information, updates and changes.

Good luck everyone.

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September 2017 Game – Drag Race

Welcome to the 2017/2018 VSB Robotics Competition – Drag Race

The object of the game is to race against other robots.

Each robot team consist of a robot and one human driver per match. There are no limits as to the number of human drivers per robot team, but each driver can only drive one designated robot per event.

Drag Race is played on a ‘8 feet long’ robotics table, each track is 9 inches wide.

There are 3 options to play Drag Race:

Option 1 – 4 Robots speeding down the track with the first to finish wins the match.

Option 2 – 4 Robots speeding down the track pushing a 222ml pop can with the first to finish wins the match. The pop can must be touching the table ‘at all times’.

Option 3 – 4 Robots speeding down the track pulling a 222ml pop can with the first to finish wins the match. The pop can must be touching the table ‘at all times’.

All drivers must stay within the designated ‘driver zone’ at all times during the match play.

Any game object(s) that has left the field during the match will not be returned to the field during the match and will not be counted at the end of the match.

Robot(s) for this game may be: VEX-EDR, VEX-IQ, or LEGO Mindstorms.
Robot(s) for this game may not be larger than 9” wide, 18” long, with unlimited height.
Robot may not expand beyond the size restrictions after the start of the match.
Robot(s) may not contact another robot during the race.

The robot team with the highest number of race wins will win the competition.

The overall winning robot team will receive a ‘golden ticket’ which will enable free entry for all the robots (up to a maximum of 5 robots) for their school for the next consecutive competition.

Please check back at the game website often for the latest information, updates and changes.

Good luck everyone.

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VSB-Robotics Competition – Sep Email Update

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone have had a smooth start to the school year.  We (at Hamber) are about to restart our ‘Robot Night’ robotics challenge program.  We will host a Robot Night once a month, starting this upcoming Friday.

Our 2017 event dates (see the website for 2018 dates):

  • Friday – September 29, 2017 – Hamber
  • Friday – October 27, 2017 – Hamber
  • Friday – November 24, 2017 – Hamber
  • Wednesday – December 13, 2017 – Hamber

After much thinking and debate, we have decided not to offer any official robotics competition program at Hamber.  We have had a number of incidents last year where we felt the behaviour of students and parents were less than courteous and sportsman like.  This year at our Robot Nights, we will keep score and publicly recognize student success, but we will not offer any trophies or awards.

This upcoming Friday will be the first Robot Night of the year.  We will be offering 3 robot games where students can have unlimited attempts.  The 3 games to be played are: Drag Race, Robot Maze, and Robot Soccer.  At this event, we will be focusing on Driver Challenges (robots operated by a student) The exact game description will be available at our website this upcoming Wednesday afterschool. https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/

I would like to extend an invitation to you to come by and check out our event.  Regardless whether it may or may not be a perfect fit for your students/program, come by and see what we have to offer.  Please bring a camera to photograph and/or video the event for your students.  I would like to ask if you can send me a copy of your photos and videos so that I can post them to our website.  It would be much appreciated.

The agenda for the evening (best time to drop by is 5:30pm to 9:00pm): https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/the-agenda/

Parking:  https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/the-venue/

If you have student(s) that would like to come by, please forward our website info to them.  If they would like to bring a VEX-IQ bot and give our games a try, they are welcome to do so.  If you are coming with your students, we do have a number of house rule that you should be aware of:

https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/code-of-conduct/

and

https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/supervision/

Please do let me know how many your students will be coming so that I can pair them off with my students to give them a chance to play with our robots and participate in the event (if they want).  This Friday’s event will be a free event for all participants, future events will cost $20 per school/organization for the first robot and $5 per robot up to a maximum of 5 robots per school/organization per event.  https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/entry-fee/

Lastly, If you would like to be removed from this email list, please reply to this message with the words ‘Please Remove’ at the subject line and your email address will be removed off the list.

Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues and students.  I hope to see everyone this Friday.

Brian Yu

Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver
Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926
Text Message (778) 990-3623
https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/
http://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/
http://appskillshamber.com/
http://vexiqbc.com/
byu@vsb.bc.ca

 

 

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January 2017

For January and March 2017, our game challenge theme is Recycling.

Recycling is played on an 8 feet by 8 feet vex robotics competition play field.  Recycling is played with one robot at a time competing for the highest score possible.

Please refer to the section “The Game” for specific game details and restrictions (Link).

There will be 30 pop cans used for each match.

There are 3 ways to score in this game:

First score directly with a pop can in a score zone.

There are 4 scoring zones each with a different value of scores

  • The first score zone: the floor goal – each pop can in this score zone is worth 1 point
  • The second score zone: the land fill – each pop can in this score zone is worth 2 points
  • The third score zone: the dumpster – each pop can in this score zone is worth 3 points
  • The fourth score zone: the table top – each pop can in this score zone is worth 4 points

The second method to scoring: Stacking cans

The stack must be free standing and unassisted in order to be qualify for scoring.
There are two locations where stacking cans will be counted: the floor goal, and the table top.  Only the tallest stack will be counted.

  • Two cans stacked – 5 points
  • Three cans stacked – 10 points
  • Four cans stacked – 20 points
  • Five cans stacked – 40 points

The third method to scoring: Holding the Can

Points will be awarded to the Robot holding the game object above the foam tiles.
The referee will measure the held game object at the end of the match.   For every inch off the foam tile (between the foam tile and the bottom of the game object) is worth 1 additional point.  In order for this option to be counted, the robot must be touching the foam tile and not touching any other game elements and/or game structure (this will include the perimeter wall).

There will be two colour foam tiles for this game.

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  • The robot will start at a colour foam tile.
  • The game elements may be placed in the other colour foam tile via the use of the ‘holding bracket’.  The bracket will be removed before the start of the match.

Floor Goal

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Land Fill

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Dumpster

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Table Top

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Table Top Height 12.5″

Table top Size: 12″ x 12″

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Game Elements Arrangements

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VSB-Robotics Competition – Jan Email Update

Hello Everyone,

This month’s game information is now available at the competition website: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/

I have received a number of replies from schools and organizations indicating their team(s) would not be able to compete by this Friday, but would/should be ready for the February game date.  Therefore, the game for January (Recycling) will be repeated for February.  The March date will be moved to April to accommodate Spring Break for various schools and organization.

I have attached a robotics event calendar to the website to keep all the events posted.

Please have a look at game launch video: https://youtu.be/wP-vRRiUS1o

I look forward to seeing many teams out in our near future.

Thank you for being part of this process.

 

Brian Yu
Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver
Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926
Text Message (778) 990-3623
https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/
http://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/
http://appskillshamber.com/
http://vexiqbc.com/
byu@vsb.bc.ca

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VSB-Robotics Competition

Hello Everyone,

I like to introduce you to a new robotics competition program based out of Eric Hamber Secondary School: VSB Robotics Competition.  Please have a look at the following website: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/

This is not a platform specific competition (VEX-EDR, VEX-IQ, LEGO).  There are no awards given.  We play to better ourselves.  Each event is limited to 5 robots per school or organization (to avoid overcrowding).  There will be an entry fee required: $20.00 for the first robot and $5.00 for each subsequent robot up to 5 per school/organization per event.  An event will take place every 4 to 6 weeks (depending on school holidays).  All events will take place Friday evenings at Eric Hamber Secondary School.  If you would like to host an event on Saturday, we can move the event to your school/organization.  As a “Thank You’, all your robot(s) will get to play for free.

Each event will have different game requirements, different game elements and objects.  This is to keep the game interesting and the robots competitive.  The game objects will be announced 4 to 6 weeks before the event.  The game elements and exact game details will be announced 4 to 6 days before the event.  The website announcements will most likely include a short video to help with the explanations.

For January 2017, the game challenge theme is: Recycling

Game objects: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/january-2017/

More details to be released on: Monday – January 17th, 2017

Event Date: Friday January 20th, 2017

Hint (start building now):

Your Robot should be able to:

  • drive across the field
  • pick up the pop cans
  • lift the pop cans
  • push the pop cans

 

I am in need of your help, please respond to my message by hitting ‘Reply’, I like to know:

  1. If your school/organization is interested in participating?
  2. Can I list your school/organization as a participant in the website?
  3. If we were to offer a prize for Creative and Innovative Design, would your team(s) be interested in participating?  Your team will submit a 1 to 3 minutes cellphone video to be presented to the judges at the event. Should we give a prize for the Creative and Innovative Design?  I am currently considering $20 gift certificate from iDesign.

Our first event is scheduled for: Friday January 20th, 2017

Please keep in mind, this should be in no way prevent your robot teams from participating in other robotics competition(s), such as VEX-Robotics Competitions and/or FIRST Robotics Competition.  I am doing my best to schedule events around VEX competition dates.  This robotics competition will continue on until the end of May and will start again in September.  Event dates will most likely be the last Friday of the month.

FLOWOL – Programming Software

FLOWOL is a software that can be used to program/operate VEX robots (EDR and IQ) in semi and full autonomous modes.  For those that have requested it, I have finished uploading tutorials to my jr. robotics website.  VEX-EDR examples will be up by the end of spring break.

FLOWOL – Programming Tutorials: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-programming-tutorials/

FLOWOL – Interfacing The IQ Robot: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-interfacing-the-iq-robot/

FLOWOL – Program the VEX-IQ robot: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-program-the-vex-iq-robot/

FLOWOL – VEX-IQ Sensors Tutorials: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-sensors-tutorials/

Sample Classroom Activities:

Simple Classroom Challenges – Introduction to Programming: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/simple-classroom-challenges-introduction-to-programming/

Complex Classroom Challenges – Application of Programming: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/complex-classroom-challenges-application-of-programming/

FLOWOL is now at half price for all BC schools.  Please contact RobotMesh (re-seller) directly for details.  For those in Vancouver, please contact me (if you haven’t already) for our group purchase discount.  We should be receiving the software in January (via purchasing).

That’s it for now.  If you wish to be remove from this email list, please reply to this message with “Please Remove”, and I will discontinue from sending you further information regarding robotics.

If you have any suggestions and/or comments, please feel free to direct them my way via email.  The idea for this independent competition is the brain child of Peter Halim.

Thanks.

Brian Yu

Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver
Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926
Text Message (778) 990-3623
https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/
http://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/
http://appskillshamber.com/
http://vexiqbc.com/
byu@vsb.bc.ca

 

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