On Tuesday 23rd January, our Senior Robotics Teams travelled to Maidstone to participate in a Regional VEX in the Zone Tournament.
Both teams showed great determination through the morning qualifying rounds. Superb driving by Tolu and tenacious coding saw the Sixth Form team driving Old Mac to gain a top three place for the afternoon knockout rounds. The Year 11 team driving their robot Vexplore, overcame a number of engineering challenges to end the morning qualifying ranked tenth.
Old Mac came through their semi-final convincingly by two rounds to nil, with scores of 21-16 and 42-2. Vexplore had a less smooth journey, winning their quarter final 2-0, which left them facing the number one seeds in the semi-final. Vexplore lost the first leg of their semi-final 9-26, but some emergency engineering by the team, and determined driving, meant they recovered to level their semi-final by winning the second round 45-24. The deciding round was a closely fought affair with Vexplore coming out on top of a 39-37 points score meaning that both City teams would face each other in the final.
The final was a tense affair, played in good spirit, but with all teams doing their best. Old Mac scored autonomous points in both of the rounds of the final, due to the persistence of the sixth formers' problem solving and some excellent coding. Unfortunately for Old Mac, the points gained were not sufficient, which meant that Vexplore managed to win 2-0 by 46-41 and 43-42.
Congratulations go to both teams, who demonstrated great teamwork, problem-solving skills, great determination and resilience. Vexplore are now qualified for the National Championships in Telford on March 3rd.
Dr. Phelps, Teacher of Physics