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Christchurch Challenge - Scrimmage #2

UC Robotics, the new robotics club based at the University of Canterbury, is holding it's second scrimmage at Burnside High School. There will be 6+ high school teams attending and they will have an opportunity to work with our team members and compete with each other in the Christchurch Challenge game, designed by one of our team members.

Anyone is welcome to come along and watch the scrimmage; details below:
Burnside High School
Saturday 29th April, 9.30am - 3pm

I've attached a few pictures below of the game being played as well as some images from out first scrimmage.

Cheers,
UC Robotics

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KIWIBOTS 2016-2017 Season Feedback

Greetings,

 

KIWIBOTS are in the process of planning the 2017-2018 New Zealand season and would like to get the community's feedback on the past season and elements that worked well and other elements which might need improving. If you could please spare a couple of minutes of your time to fill out the following form it would be greatly appreciated. 

https://goo.gl/forms/TYE3op6rUuk2JQRA2

While we cannot action everything suggested to us, we will strive to take on the feedback and use it to improve our services and keep the teams happy for the 2017-2018 season. All data used will remain confidential so please feel free to be honest and let us know what we can do. This survey will be used to help shape the new season and the type of events.

If you have any queries about this survey please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards
Hayden Wilson

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Robot teens taking on the world with their clever machines

Have a look at this great article!

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11824021

Well done House of Science for getting such a great peice in the paper.

Chris Hamling

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KiwiChallenge 2017 - Chassis Challenge Released

The 2017 KiwiChallenge Chassis Challenge has been released and all of the rules for the game can be found at the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/images/content/kiwichallenge/chassis_challenge/chassis_challenge_v3.pdf. We encourage teams to compete in this challenge and give it a go as we look to build a number of useful skills ahead of the 2017-2018 VRC game!

Scrimmages for the 2017 KiwiChallenge will be released soon for the different regions who are involved and this will give teams a chance to compete and the scores from around the country will be used in a National Rankings Table

Good luck to all teams!

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Online Challenge Winners

We would like to congratulate the following teams for their results in the online challenges, all of the entries from New Zealand have been of a high calibre however we had three winners for the challenges

 

 

Well done to these teams for their solid effort and amazing entries. We hope to see another set of great entries again next year

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Kiwibots 2017 Nationals results and photos!

What a great event!

I am at a loss for words to fully express my thanks to all the teachers, mentors, volunteers and sponsors that made the event such a success. Without you we would not exist. Please read down to the bottom of this email to acknowledge everyone that helped make the event a success.

This year's Nationals were held at our birthplace 9 years to the day where we held our very first Nationals. The event has grown and was three times the size of our first event. This year we decided to try a leaner event in order to see if we could take the event out of Auckland and initial results and feedback is all very promising. In fact he event seemed to be more friendly and teams liked being able to watch the competition from their pits!

We were at the event to celebrate a year’s worth of effort on the part of all the teams involved and to find out who would succeed in qualifying to represent New Zealand at the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championships in April.

Results can also be seen with match results on RobotEvents here

Excellence Award

2919A   Kristin School

Qualifies for:

World Championship

Design Award

2904C   Westlake Girls High School

Qualifies for:

World Championship

Tournament Champions

8757D   House of Science

2918E   Glenfield College

2918F   Glenfield College

Qualifies for:

World Championship

Robot Skills Winner

7682E   Wingus & Dingus Robotics

Qualifies for:

World Championship

Tournament Finalists

7682E   Wingus & Dingus Robotics

7682     Wingus & Dingus Robotics

2915A   Lynfield College

Innovate Award

2901     Rangitoto College

Create Award

2919A   Kristin School

Amaze Award

7682     Wingus & Dingus Robotics

Build Award

2919C   Kristin School

Think Award

3204P   St Peters College

Judges Award

2904A   Westlake Girls High School

Volunteer of the Year

Jess Chase

Community

5800A   Technology Experiment Primary School Of Nankai

Educate Award

4067A   Burnside High School

Promote Award

5606A - Feilding High School

Mentor of the Year Award

Ben Ellery

Teacher of the Year

Merryl Hamling

Partner of the Year Award

Auckland University of Technology    

Energy Award

2950A   St Cuthbert’s College

 

 

Congratulations to all of you!

 

 

 

Photographs

Photographs for the event were taken by Matthew Hamling and can be found on Flickr

Nationals 2017 Setup and Day 1 Awards

Nationals 2017 Day 1

Nationals 2017 Day 2

 

 

Videos

Nationals 2017 YouTube Day 1

Nationals 2017 YouTube Day 2

 

 

2017 Kiwibots Nationals VIPs

Sponsors

Volunteers

Judges

F&P Healthcare

Nathan Allen

Peter Wilson

Glidepath

George Gillard

Katana Dunn

Smales Farm

Jamie Davis

Andrew Kopnoff

The Royal Society

Hayden Wilson

Miranda Satterthwaite

Massey Univeristy

Ben Ellery

Harr Loughnan

ARA Institute of Canterbury

Kazuki Murakami

Hayden Wilson

SMC Pneumatics

Julien Powell

Johan Potgieter

Autodesk

Harry Duncan

Jamie Davis

Aarone Koshy

Mark Glover

Kate Low

John Ovens

Nick Waddington

Daniel R Pound

Max Gruebner

Abigail Birkin-Hall

Roman Amor

Rui Wen

Jason Collingwood

Stedtson Janse van Rensburg

Parie Malhotra

Sophie Taylor

Aathira Nair

Laureen Saavedra

Wah Li

Alex Towse

Jack Barker

Steven Barker

Aarone Koshy

Petra Scott-Marino

Jess Chase

Harry Loughnan

Hideaki Murakami

Jessica McFelin

Shane de Rijk

Adam Collie

Sophia Kopnof

Matthew Hamling

 

Thank you everyone for a supreme effort in making sure the Nationals were such great success.

Chris Hamling

National Manager - Kiwibots

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Judges for 2017 and Design Award interviews

Hi

The New Zealand VEX EDR 2017 Nationals are almost here and I am pleased to be able to announce the Judges that will be talking to teams this weekend at the New Zealand VEX EDR Nationals.

Judged Awards

The Judges are:-

  • Andrew Kopnoff - Weltec
  • Jamie Davis – Massey graduate
  • Johan Potgieter – Massey University
  • Katana Dunn – Burnside High School
  • Miranda Satterthwaite – ARA Institute of Technology
  • Peter Wilson – SMC Pneumatics
  • Mark Glover – Automotive expert

This great team will be responsible for determining the following Judged Awards:-

  • Teacher of the year
  • Think Award
  • Amaze Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Build Award
  • Create Award
  • Judges Award

Design Award

The Design Award will be judged by:-

  • Peter Wilson – SMC Pneumatics
  • Harry Loughnan – ARA Institute of Technology graduate
  • Hayden Wilson - Massey Masters’ student

The finalists for the Design Award are, in numerical order:-

  • 2901 – Rangitoto College
  • 2904A – Westlake Girls High School
  • 2904C – Westlake Girls High School
  • 2919A – Kristin School
  • 2919Z – Kristin School
  • 2921 – Free Range Robotics
  • 7682 – Wingus & Dingus

Design Award finalists will receive notification of their interview slot on Saturday morning. A big thank you to all of you who entered the Design Award this year and we are sorry that we cannot interview all of you.

Excellence Award

The combined input of all the judges, the awards they decide upon, tournament results, online challenge entries, the team’s community outreach and involvement in the greater VEX program will all be considered in deciding the recipient of this year’s Excellence Award. We will be looking at all teams during the weekend and are keen to hear your stories about what you are doing to grow VEX in New Zealand.

Good luck and please make sure you take the time to thank the judges for their time. They are all passionate about VEX and are very keen to meet you.

Chris Hamling

National Manager - Kiwibots

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Nationals Schedule

The schedule for the 2017 NZ Nationals is available below for all teams

Friday (24th February)
13:30 - Check-in/inspection opens. Skills fields also open to inspected teams - Teams will not be permitted entry before this
17:00 - Check-in/inspection closes to all teams. Teams who are not checked in by this stage will not be allowed to compete at the Nationals.
17:30 - Skills Fields close to all teams
18:00 - Venue Closes

Saturday (25th February)
08:30 - Venue opens
09:00 - Drivers and coaches meeting
09:20 - Opening Ceremony
10:30 - Matches Start
12:25 - Lunch Break
13:25 - Matches Resume
17:06 - Matches Finish
18:00 - Venue Closes

Sunday (26th February)
08:30 - Venue Opens
09:00 - Matches Begin
11:30 - Lunch Break
12:00 - Awards and Alliance Selection - Teams must be present for this or else they will be automatically excluded from the eliminations
12:45 - Lunch Break #2
13:00 - Elimination Matches & Awards
16:30 - Event Finishes
17:00 - Venue Closes

All information about the NZ Nationals will be available from https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals and we advise that all teams read this page and the handbook to make sure they have the most up to date information about the event

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Auckland Scrimmage #9

Greetings All,

The 9th Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Onehunga High School on the 18th February. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration. If you are having problems please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The health and safety changes will be in effect at this event so safety glasses will be required, please make sure to have them on hand, otherwise they will be available for purchase at the event for $3 (cash only). 

Please remember to bring design notebooks to this event. If you have been working on a design notebook please make sure to bring it along to the event so that we can judge it and give you crucial feedback before the Nationals. We will also have an Excellence Award available at the event. Design notebooks which will be judged at the NZ Nationals MUST be handed in that this scrimmage or else they will not be considered for the award. Design notebooks must be submitted in a hardcopy format.

Date: 11th February 2017
Venue: Onehunga High School - the event will be held in the main school hall
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 to 09:30
* Matches start 10:00
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45
* Eliminations finish 16:45

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rules: We will be enforcing all rules in the rulebook to the line at this event so please make sure that your robot will pass inspection and meet size guidelines. We will be having sizing kits on hand to ensure that robots fit into size, robots which do not pass inspection or follow rules will have to sit out matches until they've met the requirements. 

Skills: We will have a dedicated skills field at this event so if you wish to do skills at the event there will be one available all day. Robots will need to meet full inspection checklist and sizing to be able to perform skills runs. These will be uploaded to RobotEvents.

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BBQ at Pinehurst AKL Scrimmage (11th Feb)

Hi Everyone,

Pinehurst will be doing a BBQ from 8:30am to 4pm this weekend at the Auckland scrimmage at Pinehurst School. They will be selling a variety of items from $1 to $4 each. They only take cash so please make sure to bring some cash along to support the school

Items on sale:

  • sausage sizzle
  • bacon and egg rolls
  • a variety of soft drinks
  •  bottled water
  • coffee
  • crisps
  • lollies
  • cup cakes

Also if you have not registered for this scrimmage, please do so urgently so that we can  know number - this can be done from https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration

Thanks!

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Nationals Registrations 2017 - IMPORTANT

Hi Teams,

Registration for the 2017 NZ Nationals closes this weekend (11th Feb) at midnight and so far we only have a small portion of teams registered for the Nationals. The following teams below have registered for the event through KIWIBOTS and we require that ALL teams who wish to attend the Nationals please register at the following link: http://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals-registration. Teams must complete this registration before 11th Feb 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Organisation VRC Team Number
Wingus & Dingus 7682
Baradene College 7031
House of Science 8757A
House of Science 8757B
Palmerston North Boys' High School 2903S
Palmerston North Boys' High School 2903R
St Cuthbert's College 2950A
St Cuthbert's College 2950B
Wingus&Dingus 7682Z
Wingus&Dingus 7682X
Kristin School 2919A
Kristin School 2919B
Kristin School 2919X
Krisyin School 2919C
Wingus&Dingus 7682H
Wingus&Dingus 7682G
FAHS Feilding High School 5606A
Lindisfarne College 41598A
Onehunga High School 2900A
Onehunga High School 2900B
Onehunga High School 2900C
Onehunga High School 2900D
St Peter's College 3204H
St Peter's College 3204P
House of Science 8757D

 

If you are confused about registration for the 2017 NZ Nationals or need any help please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as we would like to see a large number of teams come to this event. Teams who do not register for the event will not have a space for them at the Nationals and will not be able to attend the event. Please note that the event registration will appear differently for the NZ Nationals on RobotEvents so do not worry about that, teams should instead look at the above list to see if they have registered

Thanks
KIWIBOTS Registration Team

 

 

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Auckland Scrimmage #8 - Pinehurst School

Greetings All,

The 8th Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Pinehurst School on the 11th February. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration. If you are having problems please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The health and safety changes will be in effect at this event so safety glasses will be required, please make sure to have them on hand, otherwise they will be available for purchase at the event for $3 (cash only). 

Please remember to bring design notebooks to this event. If you have been working on a design notebook please make sure to bring it along to the event so that we can judge it and give you crucial feedback before the Nationals. We will also have an Excellence Award available at the event.

Date: 11th February 2017
Venue: Pinehurst School - The scrimmage will be held down at the school gym and arena which is located by the main rugby field. Parking is available on the netball courts above the gym.
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45
* Eliminations finish 16:30

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Nationals: Remember that the NZ Nationals is coming up quickly! If you have not already registered for the event please do so at the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals-registration

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2017 NZ Nationals Important Information

Greetings,

Regarding the 2017 NZ Nationals, we have now released the team handbook which can be found at https://kiwibots.co.nz/handbook. This handbook should be the No #1 source of information for the 2017 NZ Nationals and it is advised that all teams read through this handbook as it will have information regarding awards, carparking, food, venue layout and schedule for teams so that they know when they can come in and what time the competition is. 

Registration

Registration still closes at 11:59pm 11th February. Registration can be completed from https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals-registration and this must be completed for each VRC team that wishes to compete in the event. All teams in New Zealand will be registered on RobotEvents however they MUST still register through the above form if they want to attend so that we have a copy of registered teams. If you do not register by this following form; we will not have space for you at the NZ Nationals. 

Many teams would have or will shortly receive an email from RECF/RobotEvents thanking them for registering for the 2017 NZ Nationals. Please ignore this email and do not worry about it, it is not considered as a confirmation of registration. If you have any queries about this please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Design Notebooks

Teams who would like their notebooks considered for the 2017 NZ Nationals must submit their design notebook to KIWIBOTS by Friday 17th February 2017 so that the judging panel has time to evaluate all of the entries. Teams who have been selected for an interview will be notified shortly before Nationals start and will be given a interview time once the match list has been released. Teams submitting design notebooks should read the following Q&A: https://www.vexforum.com/index.php/24697-computer-as-engineering-notebook. KIWIBOTS will be following the rules and same submission criteria as the World Championships. If you are unsure about submission or where to send notebooks; please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Online Challenges

Thank you to all those teams who completed online challenges. We have compiled a list of all of the NZ Entries and when voting starts we encourage people to come out and help support other NZ teams. This list can be found here: https://kiwibots.co.nz/onlinechallenges. If we have missed your entry please let send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will update it

Consent Forms

Consent forms will be required by all teams attending the NZ Nationals. This includes participants, teachers, mentors, parents and anyone else who will be involved in the team pit area or in the the competition itself. Individuals who do not sign and return these consent forms will be barred access from team pits and may only spectate. Consent forms can be found at the end of the team handbook and must be handed into the registration desk when the team comes to check in at the NZ Nationals.

Volunteering for Nationals

We are always happy to accept new volunteers and if you are interesting in helping in some capacity for the 2017 NZ Nationals please fill out the following form: https://kiwibots.co.nz/volunteer. Volunteers will be notified of their role and time specific information closer to the nationals date. Any queries should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We hope this information will be helpful to all teams as they start preparing for the NZ Nationals. We will keep the following page updated with information throughout the event so we advise you check it out: https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals and if you have any other queries or concerns regarding Nationals please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

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2017 NZ Nationals Award Nominations

Nominations for awards for the 2017 NZ Nationals are now open and we encourage you to submit any person/team you think is deserving of an award. Nominations must be submitted electronically through the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/awards

We will be accepting nominations for the following awards

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Excellence Award

If you have had a mentor/teacher who has helped you throughout the year or made a difference please fill in the nomination as we are very interested to here, likewise with any volunteers who have stood out at competitions or gone the extra stretch to help make the event more enjoyable and this is the perfect time to let us know so we can reward them for their efforts!

We have also opened nominations for Excellence Award to hear about the efforts teams have been making to make the VEX robotics competiton more enjoyable for all and stand out. These nominations will be very useful for judges who need to know about the effort and work taken by teams so please nominate a team if they should be considered for this award

Any questions or supporting material should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will collate it for judging

Good Luck!

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Online Challenges Reminder

This is just a reminder that the RECF online challenges close on Wednesday 11th January 7pm (New Zealand Time) so make sure you have submitted these by then. Online Challenges should be submitted to http://challenges.robotevents.com before this deadline. Voting will open soon and we will place all NZ entries that we can find on the following spreadsheet: https://kiwibots.co.nz/onlinechallenges

If you have submitted an entry please send a link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can make sure it is included in our list

The online challenges are a pathway to the New Zealand Excellence Award and the World Championships so make sure to enter. Teams will need to enter at least two online challenges to be considered for the NZ Excellence Award

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2016-2017 Online Challenges

Online challenges close on Wednesday 11th January 7pm (New Zealand Time) so make sure you have submitted these by then! Online Challenges should be submitted to http://challenges.robotevents.com before this deadline. Voting will open soon and a list of the New Zealand entries will be available soon.

There are a number of different categories for the online challenges so make sure to check them out and see what options are available

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VEX Field at Massey University Albany

Greetings,

Massey University in Albany have kindly provided space and a VEX field over the summer period which is open to all teams who will be able to test and develop their robots. Teams will be able to use this space from 9-5pm during week days (excl public holidays), however they will need to book a spot to use to make sure the field is not over used and that we are aware who should be there. Requests for bookings should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will work for a slot. It is a shared space so multiple teams will be using it at once. Current bookings can be found here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=kiwibots.co.nz_bdv5qgtfcpgvjk6etr7q7e34cg%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Pacific/Auckland

It is a shared space and we do ask that students are quiet when working as staff and postgraduate students are still working. The space also needs to be kept clean and should be returned to the state at the end of the session that you found it in. If teams don't follow these we may revoke your future bookings.

Regards

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KIWIBOTS Christmas & Holiday Hours

Greetings Everyone,

KIWIBOTS will be taking a break over the holiday period and orders will not be processed from the 16th of December until the 31st of January 2017. Orders can still be placed on the webstore but will not be shipped until after this date. Any emails sent to KIWIBOTS might not be responded to during this period.

Hope everyone has a good holiday break!

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Volunteer for the 2017 NZ Nationals!

Hi Everyone,

It's nearing the end of the year, which means it’s time to start thinking about The NZ VEX Nationals again! As with previous years, we are looking for volunteers to allow the event to run smoothly.

There is no experience requirement whatsoever, so if it sounds like something you or anyone you know would like to help with, then please sign up to give us a hand! We must ask, though, that if you are intending to compete you do not sign up to volunteer, as there isn’t enough time to do both.

The competition will run on the weekend February 24th-25th, and set up will be the day before (Friday the 23rd). We will need all the hands we can get, so even if you are only available for one of those days (or half days) then please sign up! The event will be held at Massey University Recreation centre: University Ave, Albany, Auckland 0632, so please note the change in location if you have been involved before!

If you would like to volunteer for some (or all) of the event then please fill out the registration form at kiwibots.co.nz/volunteer. General information and role descriptions can be found at https://kiwibots.co.nz/volunteerhandbook.

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

Thanks
Nationals 2017 Team

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2016 IQ Nationals Saturday 10 December

Hi Everyone!

Just a reminder that the 2016 IQ Nationals are on this Saturday at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. If you're in town you are more than welcome to come in any time during the day and have a look.

If you're elsewhere in the country (or world), this Kiwibots event is being live-streamed with the generous support of SMC so you can go online anytime to take a look or support your teams. You can find the live-stream on the Kiwibots YouTube Channel, or under the event section of the kiwibots website

Please join us in wishing all the participating teams good luck

Agenda

8:30      Venue opens / Check-in and inspection open
9:30      Drivers and coaches meeting / Check-in closes
9:45      Opening Ceremony
10:00    Teamwork matches / Skills challenges
12:00    Lunch / Skills challenges
13:00    Teamwork matches / Skills challenges
15:00    Awards ceremony
15:20    Finals matches
15:40    Closing awards ceremony
16:00    Event ends
16:30    Venue closes

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Auckland Scrimmage #7 - Onehunga High School

Greetings All,

The 7th Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Onehunga High School on the 10th December. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration. If you are having problems please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The health and safety changes will be in effect at this event so safety glasses will be required, please make sure to have them on hand, otherwise they will be available for purchase at the event for $3 (cash only).

Date: 10th Decemer 2016
Venue: Onehunga High School - 24 Pleasant Street, Onehunga - the scrimmage will be in the main school hall
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45 there will be a sausage sizzle/bake sale operating during the day (cash only so please make sure to bring some)
* Eliminations finish 16:30

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Good luck and we look forward to seeing everyone!

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Rex Bionics Open Day 9th Dec

We would love to invite you and a potential group of university students to our open day next month. The details are as follows;

Rex Bionics open day will be held on Friday 9th of December, 2016 from 10am at 58 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland.

If you and a group of students are available to attend, please let me know so that I can add you to our list,


Many Thanks,


Gitana

 

Customer Service | REX Bionics Ltd

PO Box 302-412 | North Harbour | Auckland 0751 | New Zealand

58 Apollo Drive | Rosedale | Auckland 0632 | New Zealand

office +64 9 440 9741 | web www.rexbionics.com

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Tauranga Scrimmage - December 3rd

Hi Robotics teachers

We are holding our last BOP/Waikato high school robotics scrimmage on Saturday 3 December in Tauranga at the House of Science.  It will be VEX EDR only, as the VEX IQ kids had their event last weekend.  

Please let me know by 28th November whether your team will be attending, as we may end up cancelling if there aren't enough teams for games. Please also let me know if your team aren't ready for games but would like to come for a build session and get guidance from the House of Science team.  Unfortunately  the Otumoetai College have a fundraiser planned so will not be attending.

  • Doors will open at 9am
  • Games start at 10am, finish time depends on how many teams attend
  • Parking is free in the parking buildings on Saturday mornings.
  • House of Science address - 100 Grey St, Tauranga (opposite Burrito Brothers)

Hope to see you there! Please RSVP as per above to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

Toni de Rijk

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ANOTHER CORRECTION VEX IQ and Robot Virtual Worlds in Hamilton on the 24th from 13:00 to 16:00 NOT 25th or 27th

Hi all

Really embarrasing.... Outlook changed countries on me so the event date showed incorrecly. The REAL date is Thursday the 24th not the 25th.

If you are interested in coming to a presentation at Berkley Normal Middle School in Hamilton on Thursday the 24th of November from 13:00 to 16:00 I will be presenting VEX IQ and the fantastic VEX curriculum and how Robot Virtual Worlds can be used in the classroom.

Please RSVP to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of the 23th if you want to come along.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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CORRECTION VEX IQ and Robot Virtual Worlds in Hamilton on the 25th from 13:00 to 16:00 NOT 27th

Hi all

If you are interested in coming to a presentation at Berkley Normal Middle School in Hamilton on the 25th of November from 13:00 to 16:00 I will be presenting VEX IQ and the fantastic VEX curriculum and how Robot Virtual Worlds can be used in the classroom.

Please RSVP to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of the 23th if you want to come along.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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VEX IQ and Robot Virtual Worlds in Hamilton on the 27th from 13:00 to 16:00

Hi all

If you are interested in coming to a presentation at Berkley Normal Middle School in Hamilton on the 27th of November from 13:00 to 16:00 I will be presenting VEX IQ and the fantastic VEX curriculum and how Robot Virtual Worlds can be used in the classroom.

Please RSVP to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the end of the 25th if you want to come along.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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VEX IQ Nationals 10 December Reminder

A friendly reminder that teams that want to enter the VEX IQ Nationals in the Palmerston North Convention Centre on 10 December have to register on robotevents.com.

Step 1
Register your team on Kiwibots.co.nz/store/competition

Step 2
Register your team for VEX IQ Nationals on https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-16-5323.html 

These steps need to be completed before the 26 November Registration Deadline.

Up to 6 World Qualifying spots will be awarded

To be considered for Excellence Award teams must enter both Design and STEM Research Project Awards

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions/problems with registering

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Registration for the 2017 NZ EDR Nationals

Hi All,

 

We will now be opening the registration for the 2017 NZ VEX EDR Nationals to be held at Massey University Albany. Registration is open to all teams and there will be no qualification required to attend this years Nationals! However there are a few points to note.

Registration can be completed from https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals-registration and this must be completed for each VRC team that wishes to compete in the event. Consent forms will be required and these can be found at https://kiwibots.co.nz/consentform. Registration must be completed by 11:59pm 11th February 2017.

All this information and more can be found at https://kiwibots.co.nz/nationals and we recommend you bookmark this page leading up to the 2017 NZ Nationals.

To give us a better figure of the number of teams attending this event can you please register ASAP for any teams you would be interesting in sending to the 2017 Nationals so that KIWIBOTS can have accurate numbers.

 

We will be providing more information closer to the Nationals. If you have any queries/questions regarding the registration please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks!

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The Kiwibots VEX EDR Nationals are on the move and will be held at Massey University in 2017.

The Kiwibots VEX EDR Nationals are on the move!

Yes, after 6 years at the Vodafone Event Centre we are uprooting our operations and working to make the event more mobile. The intention of this is to allow us to hold the event around New Zealand using it to promote the fantastic competition. It is a little scary doing this but the time is right for other regions to share in this event without having to travel.

To make this transition as easy as possible for everyone we first want to test that our new event design and format works when decoupled from a big venue then move it out of town.

So the 2017 Kiwibots Nationals will be held in the Massy Gym and surrounding rooms in Albany with the aim of holding the 2018 Nationals in either Palmerston North or Wellington. We will be able to accommodate every New Zealand team so do not worry about qualifying for the Nationals in 2017.

We will soon be sending out a registration blog and we would appreciate it if you could reply ASAP so we can get a firm idea on who will be attending.

Timing of the event is expected to remain very much the same as 2016 but with some exciting things happening during the event itself.

We will keep you informed as things firm up.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Fundraising Opportunity This Friday

Hi All,

 

There is a fundraising opportunity this Friday evening at PBTech Wairau Park where they are wanting a BBQ run from 4pm to 9pm to go alongside their Black Friday sales. The BBQ will be run with AMESS and this is a great chance for a team to fundraise money for the new season or for potential worlds trips.

 

If you are interested please contact me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) urgently so we can arrange it all

 

Thanks

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Online Live Support Tomorrow Afternoon

Once again, AURA will be hosting an online live technical support session, from 4pm to 6pm NZDT. This support opportunity will be available every Tuesday evening, unless we announce otherwise.

To join in the support, go to http://kiwibots.co.nz/live-support

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To fix a broken star

Hi

If you need to fix a broken VEX EDR Star then have a look at this video https://youtu.be/HFYqPsyvnV8.

 

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POSTPONED Wellington event on 29th has been postponed

Hi

Due to unforseen circumstances beyong our control we are having to postpone the event that was going to be help on Saturday the 29th at Wellington East Girls College. Once we have confirmed a new date we will blog about it.

We appologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Rgeards

Chris Hamling

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Reminder VEX event in Wellington this Saturday at Wellington East Girls College

"No Robot – No Problem" but it is great if you have one.

STEM in the classroom and beyond a free PD event.

Wellington East Girls College invite you to attend an event where we will be showcasing the VEX robotics platforms and the phenomenal curricula that is available free to teachers.  We will have robots for Junior, intermediate and high schools on display and competing and a breakout session to help educators discover the resources that are already available for those considering STEM in their schools. This is a not to be missed event that is designed to give you the answers you need and to create a network of educators in Wellington and beyond.

Teams This is an informal scrimmage where we will be working together to strengthen VEX in Wellington. Teams from all over New Zealand are welcome.

Teachers: Come and see what can be achieved inside and outside the classroom. We will have a breakout where we will show you the power of Robot Virtual Worlds and what its associated curricula can do for you in the classroom.

Location: Wellington East Girls College, Austin St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011

When: 29th Oct. Doors open at 08:30 event kicks off at 10:00 finishes at around 16:00

The Kiwibots believe so much in the solution that Robot Virtual Worlds offers to teachers that we are funding the annual licence ourselves. We gain nothing from doing so, we just hope that one day you will decide to join us in the VEX program.

RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/gtRN0wxHkfTY13BD2 to enter the draw for the annual Robot Virtual Worlds licence. You will need to attend the event to be eligable to win.

Chris Hamling

National Manager - Kiwibots

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VEX EDR and IQ parts are finally in stock

After a long delay I am pleased to announce that our order from the USA has finally arrived and are now in stock!

There are more VEX IQ kits in customs in NZ so don't panic when you see that there are only a few of them in stock, there are another 70 in the country.

 

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Online Live Support

Hello all,

As of this Tuesday (25th October), the Auckland University Robotics Association (AURA) will be hosting a weekly Tuesday online live support system. This allows teams from anywhere in New Zealand or Australia to jump online and ask questions/discuss any issues you are facing with your robots, either via instant message or voice/video call and get instant help.

If you would like to connect with us, head here: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/kiwibots.co.nz/tech-support between 4pm and 6pm (NZDT/GMT+13:00).

We look forward to hearing from some of you on Tuesday!

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Win an annual licence of Robot Virtual Worlds for 30 computers on the 29th in Wellington.

"No Robot – No Problem" but it is great if you have one.

STEM in the classroom and beyond a free PD event.

Wellington East Girls College invite you to attend an event where we will be showcasing the VEX robotics platforms and the phenomenal curricula that is available free to teachers.  We will have robots for Junior, intermediate and high schools on display and competing and a breakout session to help educators discover the resources that are already available for those considering STEM in their schools. This is a not to be missed event that is designed to give you the answers you need and to create a network of educators in Wellington and beyond.

Teams This is an informal scrimmage where we will be working together to strengthen VEX in Wellington. Teams from all over New Zealand are welcome.

Teachers: Come and see what can be achieved inside and outside the classroom. We will have a breakout where we will show you the power of Robot Virtual Worlds and what its associated curricula can do for you in the classroom.

Location: Wellington East Girls College, Austin St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011

When: 29th Oct. Doors open at 08:30 event kicks off at 10:00 finishes at around 16:00

 

The Kiwibots believe so much in the solution that Robot Virtual Worlds offers to teachers that we are funding the annual licence ourselves. We gain nothing from doing so, we just hope that one day you will decide to join us in the VEX program.

RSVP here https://goo.gl/forms/gtRN0wxHkfTY13BD2 to enter the draw for the annual Robot Virtual Worlds licence. You will need to attend the event to be eligable to win.

 

Chris Hamling

National Manager - Kiwibots

 

 

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Central Robotics Scrimmage at Te Manawa

VEX IQ "Crossover" and VEX EDR "Starstruck" scrimmage this Saturday 15 October at Te Manawa, Museum of Art, Science and History on Main Street Palmerston North.

This is an exciting opportunity to showcase our robot competitions, so please pass this on to any students, teachers and schools interested in robotics and STEM education.

This will be the fifth VEX Starstruck event for the region. IQ teams will continue with Crossover. 

VEX EDR Schedule:

09:00 - Doors Open
10:00 - Check-in, Registration & Tech Inspection
10:30 - Qualification Matches Begin
12:00 - Lunch
13:00 - Qualification Matches Resume
14:45 - Alliance Selection
15:00 - Elimination Matches Begin
16:00 - Event Finishes

VEX IQ Schedule: 

09:00 - Doors Open
10:00 - Check-in, Registration & Tech Inspection
10:30 - Skills Challenges & Practice Matches
11:30 – Lunch, Check-in, Registration & Tech Inspection CLOSES
12: 00- Teamwork Challenge Qualification Matches
15:00 - Finals
15:30 - Event Finishes

Team Registration:

Email Stephan van Haren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for VEX IQ team registration or 
Ben Ellery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for VEX EDR team registration. 
This is essential as it speeds up the registration process on the day.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Auckland Scrimmage #6 - Lynfield College

Greetings All,

The 6th Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Lynfield College on the 15th October. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration - it has been brought to our attention that this has been a problem so this will be the link to register for all the Auckland Events, we encourage that you bookmark it so it's easy to register for events; if you are having problems please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The health and safety changes will be in effect at this event so safety glasses will be required, please make sure to have them on hand, otherwise they will be available for purchase at the event for $3 (cash only)

Date: 15th October 2016
Venue: Lynfield College, 191 White Swan Road, Mt Roskill - the scrimmage will be in the main school hall
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45 there will be a sausage sizzle/bake sale operating during the day 
* Eliminations finish 16:30

We will also have an IQ field so VEXIQ teams are welcome to come along as well, if enough show up we can also hold a VEXIQ event (please also register using the above link)

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Good luck and we look forward to seeing everyone!

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Important Health and Safety Changes at Scrimmages

Greetings Everyone,

There have been some important health and safety changes to scrimmages held in New Zealand following the designs we have noticed. From today onwards, safety glasses will now be required by all participants at VEX EDR events - this includes parents or mentors who will be near the field as we cannot risk it. Robots are now using catapults and these have the risk of loose parts coming off which could pose a risk and therefore appropriate safety equipment (i.e. glasses) are now compulsory.

Teams and individuals who do not have glasses will not to be able to come near the fields and all volunteers will also be required to wear safety glasses. Safety glasses will be available for purchase at the Auckland scrimmages for $3 each (cash only please) and they are also available from the KIWIBOTS web store: https://kiwibots.co.nz/store/competition/safety-glasses-detail

Most teams should have safety glasses from the last season as they were also compulsory so this shouldn't be too much of a hassle but it is important that everyone brings safety glasses to the future VEX events. This includes the next Auckland VRC scrimmage so please make sure to have those safety glasses!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Thanks

Hayden Wilson
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VEX Online Challenges Now Open!

The VEX Online Challenges have now opened for the 2016-2017 VRC/IQ season and there a number of new challenges as well as new popular ones we recommend everyone give a shot!

  • STEM Educational VideoIn order to help a new team better design and build their robot, create a video to teach them something about STEM concepts applied to robotics. Focus on the science, construction, engineering, and/or math of designing and building robots. 
  • Girl PoweredIn marking the kickoff of Girl Powered, an initiative to increase the representation of girls on robotics teams, the REC Foundation would like to invite girls on VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition teams to create a story focused on their path in designing, programming, and building a robot or one aspect of their team’s development over the season. This is a unique opportunity for your team to share what’s most important to you, how you overcame particular challenges during the season, and, most of all, what it's like to participate in robotics!
  • Autodesk Make It Real CAD Engineering ChallengeHave you ever wanted a particular component for your robot that was not included in the kit of parts? Do you want to design and make something unique that sets you apart from your peers? Then the “Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge” is for you! Autodesk is sponsoring this challenge and giving you a chance to focus your passion for CAD and apply your skills to solve a real world design issue.
  • RobotMatter VRC/IQ Virtual Worlds Programming Skills ChallengeRobomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VRC and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds. Test your skills and qualify to compete at VEX Worlds 2017!

 

These challenges along with the rest of the challenges on offer this season can be found here: http://challenges.robotevents.com/ We recommend that all teams give the challenges a chance and enter as many as they can, it's a great chance and there are many prizes and awards on offer

Teams should remember that they need to enter the online challenges in order to be eligble for the Excellence Award so make sure to get those entries rolling

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Rockets and Robots

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  • Do you think rockets are cool?
  • Do you think you could launch a raw egg 150m into the air and get it back to the ground without breaking it?
  • Do you think you could do it several times reaching the same height and time each time?
  • Do you think you would enjoy trying do it with other students to see who could do it best?
  • Would you like to try for free?

If you answer is yes or even no to any of the above questions then the Massey University Rocketry Boot Camp in September is where you need to be.

The Boot Camp is aimed at students in Years 7 and 8, and will require the support of a member of the teaching staff in the school. The good news for schools is that although your support is required, we will take care of the health and safety aspects, and materials are provided free of charge to participating teams.
 
Teachers interested in registering a team can do so at www.rocketcontest.nz
 
If you have any questions about this exciting opportunity for you and your students please just get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We’re looking forward to working with you to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists, engineers and innovators!
 
Kind regards,

NZ Rocketry Challenge Team

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RobotC for VEX is now FREE for VEX!

EXCITING NEWS!

 

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We are excited to announce that the software that is required to program VEX robot hardware is finally included with every VEX IQ and VEX EDR kit at no extra charge! Current VEX users can now download their no-cost version of ROBOTC 4.x for VEX directly from the VEX Robotics website.

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NZ Rocketry Challenge 2016 and Massey University Rocketry Boot Camp

Massey University, in partnership with ATEED, KiwiSpace and Aerospace Education, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2016 NZ Rocketry Challenge programme.

The good news for schools is that although your support is required, we will take care of the health and safety aspects, and materials are provided free of charge to participating teams thanks to our generous sponsors. Space is limited so make sure you register early.
 
Aimed at students in Years 7 and 8, the programme provides teams of students and their teachers with the opportunity to attend a Massey University Rocketry Boot Camp in September before going on to compete in the National Challenge in November.

 

27-28 Sep   Massey University Rocketry Bootcamp (optional)
22 Oct   Practice Meet (optional)
4 Nov   Practice Meet (optional)
12 Nov   National Challenge - Contest Flight Day

 

More information and registration at: www.rocketcontest.nz

 

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This is a fantastic opportunity for your students to engage in rocket science at an early stage in their learning – with a view to getting them excited about and engaged in sciences as they progress through their education.
 
It also offers the chance for teaching staff to further develop your skills in this area, preparing you to inspire and motivate the next generation of learners and leaders in New Zealand science and innovation.
 
The competition is aimed at students in Years 7 and 8, and will require the support of a member of the teaching staff in the school. The good news for schools is that although your support is required, we will take care of the health and safety aspects, and
materials are provided free of charge to participating teams.
 
Teachers interested in registering a team can do so at www.rocketcontest.nz
 
If you have any questions about this exciting opportunity for you and your students please just get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
We’re looking forward to working with you to inspire the next generation of rocket scientists, engineers and innovators!
 
Kind regards,

NZ Rocketry Challenge Team

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Juliette Major - Leoni Warne Medal Recipient

I am pleased to announce that Juliette Major was the recipient of a prestigious Award (Medal) bestowed by the Chief Minister of Canberra at a dinner held last week. The Leoni Warne Medal is issued to those in the Canberra community who show through action and example the best traits possible to inspire women in ICT. The Award is not given out each year, it is only given when someone is seen to be worthy. Juliette is the first teacher to receive this award.

Congratulations Juliette on such a wonderful achievement!

Juliette Major is an inspiration to her students at the well-respected St Clare’s College in her day to day career.

Whilst she is looked up to by her students she has also been a passionate advocate for improving the engagement of girls in IT and STEM subjects since she has arrived in the ACT.

She has been a member of the InTEACT committee since her arrival in Canberra, and her active role in the InTEACT committee has led to her also being invited to form part of the Digital Careers Education Advisory Committee, where her voice contributes to the ACT and national agenda on addressing the need to engage more students in STEM careers.

She is a participant in the ICT Professional in Schools program, and through this partnership has been able to expose her girls to ICT professionals who can share their career knowledge and expertise to help them better understand a range of aspects of ICT. She was one of the more active participants in the Intel Galileo project, and as a result had her girls invited to present their learning to a forum of Australian federal politicians at Parliament House last year. The girls also submitted their projects to the Young ICT Explorers competition, where students could showcase their work to industry professionals and academics, giving them a genuine audience for their learning.

She is also one of the consulting teachers working with the Australian Department of Defence on the planning and delivery of the Girls Programming Network - a recent initiative that aims to connect girls in school with female role models and ICT professionals, and create an environment that encourages them to learn and enjoy programming.

She actively seeks out ongoing professional learning to continue to develop her skills and knowledge of ICT and related disciplines, which she then imparts on her students. This has included conferences on the implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum, STEM and the events held by the ACS and InTEACT. She has elected to join the ACS this year to strengthen her connections with industry and access additional professional learning opportunities.

Her influence and engagement extends well beyond her experience being in the trenches so to speak with school girls. She actively promotes more women in ICT at many levels and much of her time is volunteered.

The Leoni Warne Award is in honour of the late Dr Leoni Warne, who was a prominent ICT activist at both the ACT and National level. She was a founding member of the ACS-Women Board, the Deputy Director of ACS-Women, the ACS Canberra Women in ICT Representative and a much valued member of the ACS. This prestigious medal, unique to ACS Canberra, recognises the contribution of individuals acting above and beyond their official employment to promote women in the ICT industry. It is not awarded annually but when an individual shows exceptional leadership and dedication to helping further women within ICT.

Natalie Dickie

St Clare's College - Canberra

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Well done Juliette

Chris Hamling

 

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Auckland Scrimmage #4 - Onehunga High School

Greetings All,

The fourth Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Onehunga High School on the 3rd September. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration - it has been brought to our attention that this has been a problem so this will be the link to register for all the Auckland Events, we encourage that you bookmark it so it's easy to register for events; if you are having problems please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It's vital that you please register even if you cannot committ at the time, we had 16 teams show up to the event without registering and we subsequently ran out of tables so please register. 

Date: 3rd September 2016
Venue: Onehunga High School, 24 Pleasant Street, Onehunga - the scrimmage will be in the main school hall
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45 there will be a sausage sizzle/bake sale operating during the day 
* Eliminations finish 16:30

We will also have an IQ field so VEXIQ teams are welcome to come along as well, if enough show up we can also hold a VEXIQ event (please also register using the above link)

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Auckland Scrimmage #5 - Glenfield College

Greetings All,

The 5th Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage is going ahead and will be held at Glenfield College on the 17th September. We hope everyone can come along to this event as we continue the Auckland set of events for the Starstruck season. 

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: https://kiwibots.co.nz/registration. Please make sure to do this beforehand as otherwise you might not be able to compete on the day

Date: 17th September 2016
Venue: Glenfield College
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45 there will be a sausage sizzle/bake sale operating during the day 
* Eliminations finish 16:30

Rules

We have had a few points being brought up by the referees from the previous events and we think it is important to remind teams of some rules. We have not been warning teams in the previous events however there will be stricter enforcement as teams need to start becoming aware of the rules

  • <SG6> Robots may not make contact with the foam tiles in their own Zones. (i.e. Robots may not contact the Zones across the fence from their Alliance Station) - Many teams have crossed this border slightly with their loading mechanism or completely with small robots, this is not allowed and the referees will be looking out for this rule specifically
  • <SG4> Each Alliance must introduce its Driver Control Load during the Match. The Driver Control Load must be entered into the field with between thirty seconds (0:30) and zero seconds (0:00) remaining in the Match. Driver Control Loads must be either gently placed on a Robot of your own color touching the Alliance Station Alliance Starting Tile or gently entered into the Alliance Station Alliance Starting Tile, by a Student Drive Team Member  - Please make sure to properly place the cube in the correct spot and also at the right time
  • <G5> During a Match, the Drive Team Members must remain in their Alliance Station - Due to the layout of the field, we need to ask that the drive team members please stay in these stations, it makes it easier for the referees as well. Also this is a reminder that only drive team members are permitted at the alliance station during a match, it can get crowded so please don't send up your whole team

 

We will also have an IQ field so VEXIQ teams are welcome to come along as well, if enough show up we can also hold a VEXIQ event (please also register using the above link)

If there's any questions please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Good luck and we look forward to seeing everyone!

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Auckland Scrimmage #3 - Lynfield College Sausage Sizzle

Hi All,

There will be food on sale this weekend at the Auckland Scrimmage #3 at Lynfield College (BBQ with sausages and Bacon & egg rolls, home baking and drinks for sale most of the day) so make sure to bring some cash and help support Lynfield Robotics Program!

This scrimmage is on Saturday and again we'd like to remind teams that they must register here (https://goo.gl/forms/tm16qnHLS5DWPjX22) to attend the event, teams do not need to complete season registration to be able to attend.

Looking forward to seeing teams all coming along and good luck!

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Auckland Scrimmage #3 - 13th August

Greetings All,

The second Auckland Starstuck Scrimmage for the new season will be held this Saturday (13th August) at Lynfield College. This is the third scrimmage in the series for the Auckland region, all teams are welcome to attend even if they have not completed their season registration, they only need to register for the event using the link below!

Please also make sure to register for this event - this can be done from the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/PydVwKS84x2KYYfn2

Date: 13th August 2016
Venue: Lynfield College, 191 White Swan Road, Mount Roskill
Schedule: 
* Doors open 08:30 
* Teams register from 08:30 
* Matches start 09:30 
* Lunch 12:00 to 12:45
* Matches finish 16:30

Please register as we need to make sure there is enough space for all teams, if you don't register there may not be a table left for you to use as a pit!

Just a note about some important rules, there's been a post here explaining some of these from the last event: http://www.vexforum.com/index.php/20636-nz-starstruck-event-thread/p1#p183182

If there's any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing teams!

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Central Robotics Scrimmage - This Saturday

There is a scheduled scrimmage for the 30th of July (this Saturday) at Rangitikei College. This is a combined VRC and VEX IQ event.

The doors will be open at 9am and we plan on finishing around 4pm.

IQ Schedule Change: A reminder that the IQ schedule has changed as of the previous scrimmage. IQ matches do not start until immediately after lunch, although the field will still be set up in the morning for teams to do skills challenge runs or practice matches (10am to 12pm).

Please register for these events on robotevents.com (IQ EventVRC Event) if your team is registered with Vex/Kiwibots, otherwise contact Stephan van Haren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for IQ team registration or myself for VRC team registration. This is essential as it speeds up the registration process on the day.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Cheers

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