2022-23 VRC: Spinup


VEX Robotics Competition Spin Up is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Discs in Goals, Owning Rollers, and Covering field tiles at the end of the Match.

Molokai students work on improving their intake designs.

Waialua students work on their offensive and defensive driving.

Hawaii Island VRC teams compete at the Big Island VRC league

Hilo Highschool Students troubleshoot their robot during a tournament

What's a robot without a drivetrain? Students begin to put together the foundation of their robot.

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VRC: A Season of Learning

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) offers a unique challenge for students who may have already experienced the VEX IQ program during their earlier years. While they may have some familiarity with the engineering design process, VRC presents a new level of complexity and competition.

In VRC, students compete in head-to-head matches where two alliances of two teams each battle for the highest score within a set time period. Unlike the teamwork matches in VEX IQ, students in VRC must also focus on defensive strategies to prevent their opponents from scoring. This year's game, Spin Up, required students to design robots that could accomplish several challenging tasks, including picking up discs, throwing them at goals, spinning rollers, and expanding to cover as many field tiles as possible. By participating in VRC, students gain valuable experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation, all of which are essential for success in future academic and professional endeavors.

Throughout the VRC season, students were challenged to apply the engineering design cycle to their robot designs. They began by identifying the problem they needed to solve, brainstorming potential solutions, and designing and building their robots accordingly. However, the game's three different aspects, including rollers, goals, and expansion mechanisms, required unique solutions, and students had to iterate through the design cycle to optimize their robot's performance in each area. This required gathering feedback, refining designs, and making adjustments to improve their robot's ability to score points and defend against their opponents. By using an iterative process, students developed important engineering skills such as prototyping, iteration, and critical thinking. 

These skills are essential for future success in engineering and other technical fields and can be applied to any problem-solving situation, making VRC a valuable program for students seeking to develop their skills and knowledge.

State Championships

The Hawaii Regional Championship for VEX Robotics is an exciting event that showcases the best and brightest student robotics teams from across the state. Teams qualify for this championship by competing in local tournaments and winning a qualifying award, such as the excellence, design, or team work champion. Additionally, teams could qualify through their individual skills score rankings, with only the top-ranking teams from across the state being invited to participate. This event is a high-stakes competition, with winning teams moving on to the next level of competition, the VEX Worlds, which will take place in Dallas, Texas. The Hawaii Regional Championship offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the field of robotics and to gain valuable experience working in a team-oriented, competitive environment. 

Teamwork Champions

The Teamwork Challenge Champions Award is presented to the two team alliance that earned the highest score in the Teamwork Challenge Finals matches. 

Middle School Division Tournament Champions

27301B - Papio Hunters, Waianae Intermediate School
3580B - Hawaiian Kids, Waialua High & Intermediate School

Middle School Division Tournament Finalists

27301D- Ether Hunters, Waianae Intermediate School
369A0A - Hawaiian Kids, Waialua High & Intermediate School

High School Division Tournament Champions

96789Z - Mililani Mechs, Mililani Mechs Robotics
42700E - Echelon, Saint Louis Schools

High School Division Tournament Finalists

359B - Hawaiian Kids, Waialua High & Intermediate School
42700A Apple, Saint Louis Schools

Excellence Award

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. This team is committed to quality in everything that they do and is a strong contender in numerous award categories. This team or program deserves to be recognized for building a quality robotics program. 

Middle School Excellence: 2463A - Golden Hawks Intermediate, Nanakuli Intermediate School

High School Excellence: 359B - Hawaiian Kids, Waialua High & Intermediate School

Middle School Design: 3590A - Hawaiian Kids, Waialua High & Intermediate School

High School Design: 4142B - Pearl City High School, Pearl City High School

Design Award

The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the Judges demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance. This team’s Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized documentation of the robot design process that demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources. Students on this team were able to explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.

Photos from the Middle School Regional Championship

Hosted by Kamehameha Schools Kapalama

Photos from the High School Regional Championship

Hosted by Kamehameha Schools Kapalama