Yesterday, September 19, members of HVR awoke early to pack for the Hawaii Island TMT Vex Tournament hosted by Kealakehe High school. Team 1378 and 1378Z from the Hilo Viking Robotics would compete with 28 other teams in the 2015 – 2016 Vex Robotics Competition game, Nothing But Net.
Both teams struggled through the qualification rounds, as many technical errors would come to be found during the competition day. At the end of qualification rounds, team 1378 placed 18th and team 1378Z placed 20th.
Despite this initial setback, Team 1378 would bring themselves back through their passionate efforts to fix any problems and their excellent communication with other teams to explain their situation. Proving themselves to be a much stronger team than their ranking had indicated, Team 1378 is invited to be part of the top seeded alliance.
In comparison to other robots at the competition, Team 1378 had a much different overall design. Team 1378 features a unique shooter that accelerates the ball under the wheel rather than above it, maximizing contact time to create an efficient design. The robot also has a multipurpose, multi stage intake, starting with a wide intake, funneling balls to the back where a separate conveyor belt would transport balls from the lower intake into the shooter, or allow balls to be fed directly into the shooter. The creativity of this robot’s design distinguishes it from any other robot in the tournament, earning it the Creativity Award.
Team 1378 would prove to be a more than competent robot throughout the elimination rounds. Working well with their alliance partners Team 7312B from Leilehua High School Robotics and Team 359B the Hawaiian Kids from Waialua High/Intermediate school, Team 1378 proceeds completely undefeated until the Final rounds against the second seed. With the tournament’s best robots clashing, each alliance secures a victory, proceeding to a tiebreaker round which is won by the 1st seeded alliance.
Congratulations to the Hawaii Island TMT Vex Tournament Champions, Team 7312B Leilehua Robotics, Team 359B Hawaiian Kids, and Team 1378 Hilo Viking Robotics!
HVR could not have done this without support from our advisers, mentors, sponsors, students, and the community. Thank you for your continued support!