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Jack Barker from AURA on VRC flyer

Jack Barker from AURA features on page 2 of this year's game rules short form. See it here https://content.vexrobotics.com/docs/pdf/VRC-One-Pager-NP-lores-20170727.pdf

Jack is New Zealand's most successful VEX competitor!

Nice to see him on the page.

Chris Hamling 

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VEX EDR and IQ scrimmages this weekend 12th August

Just a friendly reminder that there are scrimmages in Auckalnd and Palmerston North this weekend.

For details visit 

Auckalnd VRC Scrimmage https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-17-2342.html

Auckland VRC Skills https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-17-2363.html

Auckland IQ Scrimmage https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-17-2354.html

 

Palmerston North IQ Scrimmage https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-17-2446.html

 

So now you know :-)

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Raspberry Pi Tournament Manager available

Good news everyone - the July release of TM dropped last night, including support for Raspberry Pi!
 
Detailed tutorial on setting up a Pi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1OTFrtZU2E
 
There is also a thorough section in the TM User Guide, starting on page 46, that details how to set up and use the Pi's for remote displays
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I am not going to the robot scrimmage this weekend because….

I am not going to the robot scrimmage this weekend because….

My robot is not ready – Every VEX competition can be played with a protobot, they are designed that way. By staying away until you think you have a killer design you are denying yourself the chance to see what other people have done and learn from them. The whole idea of scrimmages is to have fun, learn and improve.

There will not be other teams there – well if everyone stays away because there might not be other teams there then this is true. Things have to start somewhere. Be a leader and foundation competitor. Everyone is important.

I have only just started – That is great! We love to see new people at our events. You will soon find that you become one of the regular crew and an old hand.

I don’t know anyone – Join the club, this is how most people, geeks like you and me, feel. If you come you will be joining a great group of people just like you who are keen about technology. You could make someone’s day by just saying hello.

I am finding it hard to… - Yep that is why we have scrimmages so people can ask for help and get it. The only silly question is the one not asked.

Everyone will be better than me – Who cares if this is true, which it probably is not. As with any sport you get better by trying and training. The difference is that with robotics people want to help you as it makes them feel good.

I am a girl – WELCOME we need girls and they often do better than guys. We have lots of girls at our events.

I only have a VEX IQ robot – Great the VEX IQ challenge is the fastest growing robotics challenge in New Zealand. We will have the VEX IQ field at all events.

I am shy – Join the club! Every geek has their week spots and there are plenty of us at scrimmages. It is just that we soon forget we are shy.

I don’t have a robot – Come along there is probably someone who does not have a team!

I don’t have a team – Come along there is probably someone who does not have a robot!

I don’t have time – We all can find time to play! This is great fun and worth the effort.

So, what is your excuse for not coming to a scrimmage?

See you soon

Chris Hamling

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Kiwibots Web Store Finally re-stocked!

Hi All

I am pleased to let you know that the Kiwibots web store is finally fully restocked! There are new products (screws and EDR kits etc) in the store so have a look around.

VEX IQ is growing all the time and there are new spare parts in the store as well.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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VEX IQ Event in Auckland this weekend

If you have a V EX IQ robot then now is the time to start comming to our events! Do not wait until your robot is perfect as you will miss out on all the fun and practice taht our scrimmages offer. Just come along with your protobot and join all the other protobots at the event.

 

Location: Kristin School (Science and Technology Building)
Date: 29th July 2017
Schedule: 9am Doors Open
10am - Matches Start
12pm Lunch
12:45 - Matches Resume
3pm - Alliance Selection/Elimination Rounds
4pm Event Finishes

 

Be there and don't miss out.

 

Chris Hamling

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Auckland Scrimmage #3 This Weekend

The second Auckland VRC/VIQC event will be held this weekend at Kristin School and this will be a chance for everyone to play matches and test their current designs. We will have both VRC and VIQC fields both competitions will run.

Location: Kristin School (Science and Technology Building)
Date: 29th July 2017
Schedule: 9am Doors Open
10am - Matches Start
12pm Lunch
12:45 - Matches Resume
3pm - Alliance Selection/Elimination Rounds
4pm Event Finishes

There will not be registration for this event; however the events in the future will require registration so please make sure to be ready for this in future as we will need all teams to register in advance for each of the events to compete in them

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Lynfield College Students' stunning speech at the VEX Worlds 2017 Champions Dinner

Hi all

Last week I was given a copy of the speech given by Lynfield College at the VEX Worlds Champions Dinner. I was blown away when I heard it at the dinner and I am even more impressed now I listen to it again. This is a 'must watch' video as it underlines what the VEX robotics program is all about and what it means to participants.

You can view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv-kIFc3KvI

Well done Lynfield!

Chris Hamling

 

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Auckland Scrimmage This Weekend

The first Auckland VRC/VIQC event will be held this weekend at Glenfield College and this will be a chance for everyone to test out their designs and potentially play some matches as we get right into the new seasons. We will have both VRC and VIQC fields both competitions cna design and work on their robots

Location: Glenfield College Hall
Date: 1st July 2017
Schedule: 9am Doors Open
12pm Lunch
4pm Event Finishes

There will not be registration for this event; however all of the events in the future will require registration so please make sure to be ready for this in future as we will need all teams to register in advance for each of the events to compete in them

 

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Team Nominations for In The Zone Mobile Goals Giveaways

Greetings,

This season we are going to encourage community efforts between teams and at events and we will be giving away a free Mobile Base every month to the most deserving New Zealand VRC Team. Teams should nominate, using the link below, other teams who have made their event or time more enjoyable or provided them with help or support during the event. We encourage everyone around the country to nominate those teams who have been making that extra effort to make their events more enjoyable for all those around them. This is open to all New Zealand regions so please take the time to nominate! This won't take much of your time but will be a great benefit

At the end of each month the management team will select one team from the country who will then receive the In the Zone mobile goal free of charge. These will be judged every month for the rest of 2017 so make sure to keep those entries going; each team is encouraged to nominate one team who made their efforts better at each event so that we will have lots of entries to go through. This is for all regions so we want to make sure everyone contributes and the winning team will be announced each month along with the reasons they deserved it and how they made their event(s) more enjoyable. You are welcome to nominate teams from any event held in New Zealand

The nomination link for this season can be found at: https://kiwibots.co.nz/nominate

If there are any questions please feel free to ask at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to answer

We're looking forward to hearing everyone's entries and will be giving away the first mobile goal after the events held on the 1st July in Auckland and Palmerston North.

 

Regards

This offer is only valid for New Zealand teams. Teams cannot nominate their own organisation, winners will be announced each month via blog entry

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VEX Robotics - BOP/Waikato Regional meeting in Tauranga

Hi everyone

I am going to hold a regional meeting for all teachers and interested parties taking VEX Robotics teams at their schools.  We will have both VEX IQ (Primary/Intermediate) and VEX EDR (High school) at the same meeting.  The object of the meeting is to discuss what we can do as a region to encourage newer teams to get more involved, and also to set some dates for local scrimmages (friendly competitions).

The full game sets are not yet available in New Zealand, but we do have a few of the main game pieces for you to suss out if you haven't already seen them.

Time:  6pm

Date:  Friday 23 June

Venue:  House of Science - Upstairs,  100 Grey St, Tauranga.  

Parking:  Free and plenty of space in the parking building in Elizabeth St.

If you can't make it, I will take notes and send them out to you all after.

I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you are attending.

Thanks

Toni de Rijk

House of Science Robotics

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VEXIQ Full Game Elements at Auckland Launch Bootcamp

Hi,

 

We will have a full set of VEXIQ Ringmaster elements at tomorrows Auckland Launch Bootcamp so make sure to bring your IQ teams along! This will let them see and interact with the new game elements before the first scrimmage. We will have individual elements for VRC but not the entire game set sadly for this event

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KiwiChallenge Regionals & VRC/VIQC Bootcamp This Weekend

The Auckland KiwiChallenge regionals and bootcamp/workshop for the new VRC In The Zone and VIQC Ringmaster will be held this weekend at Lynfield College. This will be the chance for the Auckland KiwiChallenge teams to show what they have been working on and compete together. Following this there will be a workshop/discussion sessions throughout the day to look at the new games and and how to start designing robots and using design notebooks throughout the season. These workshops/discussion sessions will allow the new teams to understand the game and lets some of the experienced teams and mentors provide them with advice for the competition so they can be all ready for this season.

We encourage all teams to attend this as we will have game elements to look through and teams who have purchased their season registration through KIWIBOTS will be able to pick up elements at the event for each team registered and take these home to start working with so make sure to complete the season registration beforehand (reminder that the discount closes tomorrow at 11:59pm!)

Venue: Lynfield College (Main School Hall)
Date: 10th June 2017
Schedule: 9:30am - 4:00pm

There will be a BBQ/fundraiser by Lynfield College so please make sure to bring some cash along to support them! They will have a variety of food and it is definitely worth bringing money for this

You will not need to register for this event, it is open to past, current and new teams so we encourage everyone to come along for this event. 

If you have any questions or queries please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Season Registration Discount Ends this Thursday! Register Now

This is a reminder that the discount offered by the KIWIBOTS for the 2017-2018 season registration will end on the 8th of June (this Thursday) and we enourage all teams to take advantage of this discount before the price is increased by $77 NZD to match the full RobotEvents cost.

The process for registering is outlined below and teams that register before this date will be able to pick up their game objects at the starting events for each region

VEX EDR teams

Order 1 only of SKU Reg2017_1 for your first VEX VRC team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example, if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off REG2017_1 and 3 off Reg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2018 VEX VRC nationals
  • and give you one VEX EDR game element to practice with per team.

VEX IQ teams

Order 1 only of SKU IQReg2017_1 for your first VEX IQ team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off IQReg2017_1 and 3 off IQReg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2017 VEX IQ nationals
  • and give you one VEX IQ game element to practice with per team.

The teams ordering contact will be notified via email of the registration information and sent a personalized link to complete the registration form which will be used for creating the VRC/VIQC teams. If you have registered and did not receive this email please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will notify you again. Please make sure to fill out this registration form as we will be unable to create your teams without having this completed.

If there are any queries or questions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Season registration is required for all teams that wish to complete throughout the season and attend the 2017/2018 New Zealand National events or the Asia Pacific so we encourage you do to it early on

Please note that this discount of $77 NZD is only available to New Zealand teams, Australian teams are not included in this discount

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Kiwibots web store closed until 1st June & update on game elements

Hi

We will be doing a full stock take tomorrow 31st May so we will be taking the web store off line now and shipping all outstanding orders today. This will mean we can do a 100% accurate stock take and place a large restock order on the 2nd June.

If there is anything that you particularity want us to bring in from the USA please email me and I will make sure that I add it to the order.

We have been trying since Dec 2016 to get the new season’s game elements into NZ and we can finally say that they will leave Hong Kong this week. The reasons for the delay are very complicated and out of our control. Measures are being taken to make sure this delay is reduced next season. I will have prices for the game elements soon.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Season Registration Discount Ends Soon! Register Now

This is a reminder that the discount offered by the KIWIBOTS for the 2017-2018 season registration will end on the 8th of June and we enourage all teams to take advantage of this discount before the price is increased by $77 NZD to match the full RobotEvents cost.

The process for registering is outlined below and teams that register before this date will be able to pick up their game objects at the starting events for each region

VEX EDR teams

Order 1 only of SKU Reg2017_1 for your first VEX VRC team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example, if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off REG2017_1 and 3 off Reg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2018 VEX VRC nationals
  • and give you one VEX EDR game element to practice with per team.

VEX IQ teams

Order 1 only of SKU IQReg2017_1 for your first VEX IQ team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off IQReg2017_1 and 3 off IQReg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2017 VEX IQ nationals
  • and give you one VEX IQ game element to practice with per team.

The teams ordering contact will be notified via email of the registration information and sent a personalized link to complete the registration form which will be used for creating the VRC/VIQC teams. If you have registered and did not receive this email please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will notify you again. Please make sure to fill out this registration form as we will be unable to create your teams without having this completed.

If there are any queries or questions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Season registration is required for all teams that wish to complete throughout the season and attend the 2017/2018 New Zealand National events or the Asia Pacific so we encourage you do to it early on

Please note that this discount of $77 NZD is only available to New Zealand teams, Australian teams are not included in this discount

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2017 Asia Pacific Robotics Competition in Rotorua - put it in your diary

Hi All

 

We are busy planning to hold the 2017 Asia Pacific Robotics Competition in Rotorua this December. This is not a press release so we are not mentioning any of the sponsors that we have yet. We want to do that formally soon.

 

The details that we can reveal at the moment are very limited  but we would like you to put it in your diary at the very least.

 

We are deeply involved in pulling a very large number of threads together so please do not flood us with emails about the event. If you feel that you really want to comment please email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with APAC2017 at the start of the subject line. We have a great event planning team and we will be shoulder tapping some more of you in the very near future to help us. If you want to be involved in the planning please email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Trust us we are thinking of everything and are trying to make this event a showcase event.

 

We are only putting this email out as we know that some of you have long processes to work through in order to attend. Every one in the Asic Pacific region is welcome to attend. Please note that in order to participate in VEX/Kiwibots events all participants will need to sign a consent for that will be very similar to the Kiwibots Consent Form for the season. People will not be able to participate at this event if they have not signed the form.

 

What we can say is

Location:Energy Events Centre in Rotorua

Dates and times (very tentative)

4th Dec:

     Check in & inspection on the 4th from 12:00 to 18:00

5th Dec:

     Check in& inspection from 08:00 to 10:00

     Powhiri followed by opening ceremony and show 11:00

     Practice fields open 13:00 until 18:00

6th Dec

     Doors open 08:00

     Competitions start 09:00

     Day end TBA

7th Dec

     Doors open 08:00

     Competitions start 09:00

     Day end TBA

 

Cost:

At the moment the registration fee will be $nz250 per team however we will do our best to reduce this as we get sponsors confirmed. Anyone that registers early will only be invoiced when we know the final minimum cost. Registration fees will go up as we get closer to the event so register early once we open registrations.

 

There will be 6 events running at the competition

    VEX EDR Hiogh School

    VEX EDR Middle School

    VEX IQ Middle School

    VEX IQ Junior school

    DBS Robotics

    Humanoid robotics

 

We are thinking of holding the VEX IQ NZ National Championships at the same time as it would make sense to use the fantastic venue when it is already set up. This is still under consideration and discussion.

 

In all we are anticipating in excess of 500 teams and 2000 people and we will work out divisions etc as we find out numbers.

This event will not qualify teams for the VEX World Championships however we believe that attending the biggest robotics competition to ever be held in the Southern hemisphere should be more than enough!

 

Regards

Chris Hamling

 

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Boot camp ideas and requests

As we start a new season we are very keen to support and up skill teams. We have a growing number of new teams and we are keen for our seasoned teams to give back to the community. The path to excellence is based on community support and what you can do for others.

In order to do this we need to find out what people would like to get training on and how they could help train. This can be any aspect of the VEX program from robot construction to on line challenges. Even if it a short tutorial on how to build a great gripper! These presentations could even be turned into on line challenge entries in their own right.

We want to hear your ideas and suggestions for things to cover, present and do training on at boot camps. This first stage is to get your ideas that we will subsequently put into a poll to see what we should cover first. We are very keen to get people to do training so please put your name down if you have something you think should be shared.

 

Please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLktwXW_Y3SZ8M7-27UYuJdlwyUI1sAYaYBL-DClbaEDDs3w/viewform?usp=sf_link to enter your ideas/requests

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Get much more from your VEX IQ kit and meet others to share ideas

A VEX IQ kit is far more than a build and forget toy.

The VEX IQ challenge  is designed to encourage students to develop their robots in order to maximise the points that they score while working with another robot. The excitement of the challenge means that students don’t let the dust gather on your investment. They get to meet others that are enthusiastic about robotics and share ideas on how to solve the problems that the challenge presents them with.

If you have bought a kit then the great world of competition robotics is waiting for you. Come to our VEX EDR & VEX IQ scrimmages in Auckland and Palmerston North on the 10th of June to find out how to get involved. The locations for the events will be posted on the Kiwibots calendar when they are confirmed. Events are free unless otherwise noted and there is often a sausage sizzle as well.

Don’t miss out.

See you there

Chris Hamling

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Potential Entry Fee and RobotEvents Changes Poll

Hi Everybody,

 

KIWIBOTS are now considering not uploading any event data/skills onto RobotEvents this season and this is due to the fact that REC Foundation/RobotEvents have introduced a $5 USD ($10 NZD incl GST) fee which is charged per team per event they attend to maintain their services. As KIWIBOTS we do not see a benefit to this and do not agree with this additional burden on teams, it has been considered to not publish any events to RobotEvents (excl. Nationals) this season.

 

However we would like to get team feedback on this matter and it is really important that every team even if you strongly agree or disagree with this matter quickly votes on it as then we can take this information to RobotEvents and show the results. This will take 1 minute to fill out and will greatly help us to work out how teams feel about this and if we can work with RobotEvents on this matter to have the fee reduced.

The survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/ABvogdgdeyHHerZl2

If you have any queries or questions please feel free to email and ask at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks

Hayden Wilson
Registration Co-ordinator

 

 

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Auckland KIWI Challenge Regionals & #1 Scrimmage/Bootcamp

The Auckland KIWI Challenge regionals have now been moved to Saturday 10th June and these will be held at Lynfield College alongside the first planned VRC/VIQC scrimmage. We are sorry for the late change in date but this will give teams more time to prepare and showcase the event.

The first scrimmage in Auckland will not be a standard VRC/VIQC event as the game elements simply will not arrive in time. Instead we will be using this first scrimmage to hand out the individual elements to teams who purchase season registration before the 8th of June and KIWIBOTS will be holding sessions throughout the day at the event to discuss different elements about the game and the rules as well as working with the teams to help create high quality design notebooks for the 2017-2018 season.

More information about this scrimmage/boot camp will be published shortly but the core details are below and we look forward to seeing as many teams as possible. With what elements are available in NZ at the time will be available to look at and teams can complete season registration at this event

Venue Lynfield College, Main School Hall
Date: 10th June 2017

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Register now and save money!

Teams may have noticed that the registration fee for this season has gone up to $us150 for a first team and $us100 for subsequent teams. This increase is out of our control but well overdue.

In order to help teams register for the year and to get New Zealand teams registered early the Kiwibots have secured funding to cover the difference in the registration costs. This funding will be available for a strictly limited time so you will need to go to the Kiwibots web store and buy the appropriate ‘parts’ from our web store before the 8th of June.

To make the process clear you will need to do the following

VEX EDR teams

Order 1 only of SKU Reg2017_1 for your first VEX EDR team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example, if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off REG2017_1 and 3 off Reg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2018 VEX EDR nationals
  • and give you one VEX EDR game element to practice with per team.

VEX IQ teams

Order 1 only of SKU IQReg2017_1 for your first VEX IQ team then order 0 or more SKU Reg2017_2 for the rest of the teams that your school runs. For example if you have 4 teams at your school then you will need to order 1 off IQReg2017_1 and 3 off IQReg2017_2.

Ordering these parts will trigger the following

  • An email from us with a registration form to complete and return to us so that we can obtain all the necessary details to register you with the USA.
  • pay for your registration with the USA,
  • cover your team’s contribution to the 2017 VEX IQ nationals
  • and give you one VEX IQ game element to practice with per team.

Postage cost

Game elements will be handed out to teams that attend the IQ & EDR events in Palmerston North or Auckland on the 10th of June. The postage cost will be removed from your order before you are invoiced. Elements will be sent to the University of Canterbury for Christchurch centred teams to pick up at one of their events.

Teams that do not attend these launch events will be charged postage for the game elements as per their on-line invoice.

Late registrations

Registrations received after the 8th of June will go up by $nz77 excl GST to reflect the increased cost of the USA registration fee.

Game element sets

We are working hard to get these to New Zealand along with field perimeters and tiles. This is top of our list and we have been arguing the case with the USA since December 2016. In the meantime, have your teams concentrate on game strategy and planning as this season’ game will be won by strategy more than a hastily conceived robot. The VEX Game Design Committee has deliberately made it so that strategy is needed this year as well as a good robot (BIG HINT)

Sharing designs and robots on the web

Please resist the temptation to show off your robot on the web this season. Feel free to help teams in New Zealand at scrimmages but keep the rest of the world guessing. Think New Zealand to win first and build up suspense until we live stream our National Event. This has worked well for us in previous years but we let too much be known in 2016 during the season and it did not work in our favour.

Please note

  • Teams are welcome to register directly with Robot Events if they wish to but they will not receive any practice game elements and will receive an invoice to cover a contribution towards the VEX EDR/VEX IQ nationals of $nz60 and $nz30 respectively.
  • Last season we had several schools registering as one group of teams. Please do not do this as it is unethical and will hurt New Zealand in the long run. The number of spots that we get to the World Championships is a function of the number of teams and distinct team numbers.

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World Champions again - 9 from 9 years

New Zealand has been to the VEX World Championships for 9 years now and every year including 2017 we have come back as World Champions. The VEX competition is now 10 years old and, as the first event was limited to California teams we can say that New Zealand have been to every VEX World Championships.

The 2017 World Championships had more robots competing than it had competitors in 2007 in addition the REC Foundation has had to make the VEX EDR and VEX IQ World Championships two separate events due to the popularity and size of the competitions. It is certainally getting harder to succeed at the World Championships!

This year AURA (Auckland University Robotics Association) lifted the VEX U World Championship trophy for New Zealand along with a trove of other trophies. AURA’s win was very convincing and their opponent could not come up with an answer to their massive dump strategy. AURA’s sustained and ongoing support of the VEX program in New Zealand was recognised by the Community Award. Such is the intensity of the competition that one simple move separated AURA who finished third in Skills from winning skills as well.

In High School Wingus & Dingus Robotics were narrowly defeated in a nail bighting division finals and Lynfield College made it to the Semi Finals. Westlake Girls High School won the first trophy for an all-girls New Zealand school when they received the Sportsmanship Award that is presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event. VEX Worlds uses ballots for this award.

Key criteria:

  • Team is courteous, helpful, and respectful to everyone at the event, on and off the field
  • Team interacts with others on the game field in the spirit of friendly collaboration
  • Team demonstrates respect and willingness to help event staff, other teams, and spectators
  • Team demonstrates excitement and enthusiasm throughout the event

Our VEX IQ teams did very well with Nakibots winning the Think Award that is presented to a team that has developed and effectively used quality programs as part of their strategy to solve the game challenge.

Key criteria:

  • All programming is cleanly written, well documented, and easy to understand
  • Team has explained a clear programming strategy to solve the game challenge
  • Team demonstrates their programming management process, including version history
  • Students understand and explain how they worked together to develop their robot programming

I was very pleased and impressed to see that our neighbours Goulburn High School from Australia won the VEX IQ STEM Research Award that is presented to the team that shares the most effective STEM Research Project presentation. This presentation, as well as the follow-up discussion with Judges, effectively demonstrates the students’ significant depth of understanding of their topic and research findings.

The presentation will also highlight the students’ work in sharing what they learned in an effective format.

Key criteria:

  • Identifies a challenge topic of interest that relates to the STEM theme for the season
  • Completes research and collects evidence using reliable sources
  • Demonstrates a well-organized and documented process to study and explain the research findings
  • Describes how the research findings were applied to develop and test the solution
  • Shares the solution in an effective and creative presentation
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the entire research process
  • Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills

The new 2017-2018 season is going to be an exciting one with sevearal major event in the pipeline. We will be bringing the ‘Girl Powered’ initiative to New Zealand and focussing on strengthening our foundations as the number of teams in New Zealand and Australia grow.

Visit http://kiwibots.co.nz to follow us.

Regards

Chris Hamling

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Auckland VRC 2017-2018 In The Zone Scrimmage Venues Needed

Hi Everyone,

 

With the new season coming up for VRC in the Auckland region we now require venues for all of our scrimmages. If schools are interested in providing a venue to cost an event, that would be excellent. We would require a large school hall/gym where anywhere from 30-50 teams could fit along with two VRC fields and an IQ field. We will provide these fields and AV gear but if th school has a projector for the venue that would be preferred. Internet availability for the event would also be requested for Tournament Manager so that results can be uploaded in realtime to RobotEvents/VEX Via.

The AKL scrimmage dates are below. We need venues for all but the 10th Feb which Pinehurst school has already offered to host

#1 - 10/06/2017 - TBA
#2 - 01/07/2017 - TBA
#3 - 29/07/2017 - TBA
#4 - 12/08/2017 - TBA
#5 - 26/08/2017 - TBA
#6 - 09/09/2017 - TBA
#7 - 23/09/2017 - TBA
#8 - 14/10/2017 - TBA
#9 - 02/12/2017 - TBA
#10 - 10/02/2018 - Pinehurst School
#11 - 17/02/2018 - TBA

If can host an event on one of these dates can you please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to organise this. Thank you very much to any organisation which is able to host.

We are still accepting feedback from the 2016-2017 season so if you have anything to say or want us to know about in relation to last season and it's scrimmages/season registration please take the time to fill out the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/NoZ6IjMKx8OsmH3N2

More information will be available regarding season registration soon for teams to fill out; we will be asking teams to complete this earlier in the season so now is the time to start thinking about how many teams you'll have for the season and we will have details out soon.

We anticipate field element kits not being available until June as VEX Robotics are only shipping kits in mid May.

Regards

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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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