VEX Robotics Championship

Hawaii’s first international scholastic robotics competition will be held this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Pan Pacific VEX Championship Tournament is bringing 84 middle and high school teams from Hawaii, California, and China to compete on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6.

The teams will be separated into two alliances that will compete in this year’s VEX challenge, “Elevation.”  The robots — which are built using the VEX robotics system and can measure no larger than an 18-inch cube when packed — will have to manipulate blocks within an enclosed field… first autonomously, then remotely controlled by the students.

Ten teams will move on to the VEX Robotics World Championship, which will take place in Dallas, Texas in April.

The event is open to the public, so check it out and cheer on your favorite teams. Word on the street is that the Chinese students are bringing some particularly fancy machinery, but Hawaii’s teams are more than up to the challenge. Parking is available at the Convention Center for $5, and there will be a food concession open on both days.

I attended a scholastic robotics event in March (the FIRST regionals), and was blown away by what these students had accomplished, and by the level of energy and excitement among their families and fans. While VEX competitions are for younger students and use smaller robots, I have no doubt the talent and enthusiasm will be no less impressive.

Here’s a video I made of the FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition:


FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Competition from hawaii on Vimeo.

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  1. December 5, 2008

    […] 译自夏威夷博客 夏威夷FIRST国际青少年机器人技术竞赛将于本周在夏威夷会议中心举行,12月5号和6号周六和周日期间将有来自夏威夷,加利福尼亚以及中国的84队高中和初中的学生参与此届泛太平洋锦标赛. 本年度VEX对抗赛将把所有参赛队分成两组,用VEX机器人系统搭建的机器人需要在一个隔离的空间里独立把一个个不大于18英寸(约46厘米)的立方体一层层的码起来,并在堆垛过程中完成测量,这一切动作都由学生们在场外远程控制. 十个参赛队将会到德克萨斯的达拉斯参加VEX机器人技术世界锦标赛. 比赛对公众是开放,所以你尽可以到现场为你喜爱的队伍加油啦! […]

  2. December 6, 2008

    […] 译自夏威夷博客 夏威夷FIRST国际青少年机器人技术竞赛将于本周在夏威夷会议中心举行,12月5号和6号周六和周日期间将有来自夏威夷,加利福尼亚以及中国的84队高中和初中的学生参与此届泛太平洋锦标赛. 本年度VEX对抗赛将把所有参赛队分成两组,用VEX机器人系统搭建的机器人需要在一个隔离的空间里独立把一个个不大于18英寸(约46厘米)的立方体一层层的码起来,并在堆垛过程中完成测量,这一切动作都由学生们在场外远程控制. 十个参赛队将会到德克萨斯的达拉斯参加VEX机器人技术世界锦标赛. 比赛对公众是开放,所以你尽可以到现场为你喜爱的队伍加油啦 […]

  3. December 11, 2015

    […] is one of the larger programs. Hawaii hosted an international VEX tournament in 2008, and today, VEX and its elementary- and middle-school counterpart VEX IQ (in which my middle son […]

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