Robots ready for world domination
Avondale College’s robotics team is ready to take on the United States with its racing robots.
The team, Binary Blitz, won New Zealand’s inaugural VEX Robotics Competition using a combination of strategic allegiances and robot designs that members describe as simple, fast and reliable.
The three-day event was held at Massey University’s Albany campus last month, and the win qualified them for the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas, at the end of the month.
Member Chris Stanton says since they formed last July there have been plenty of late nights preparing for the competition.
“We didn’t expect to win but our advantage was speed and understanding the full impact of the rules,” he says.
“When we get to the States we’ll find out how good we really are.”
In the national competition, 31 teams from 18 schools in the region developed remote-controlled robots, or single grippers, for the VEX game, Elevation.
The robots had to place threeinch cubes into half-metre tall triangular boxes to score points.
For extra points they performed moves of varying difficulty.
Physics teacher and team coach Bruce Tetley says the year 13 students excelled in a combination of disciplines, from computer programming and engineering, to design and strategy.
“I’m incredibly proud and impressed by their commitment and talent. They’ve done a fantastic job and worked their socks off.”
A home school team that partnered with Avondale College in the event will also travel to Dallas with the help of Massey University and the Robotics Charitable Trust.
Binary Blitz: The Avondale College robotics team, from left: Veeren Karkera, 17, Chris Stanton, 16, Grace Ng, 17, Scott Goodhew, 17, and Cameron Edwards, 17.