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Vex challenge

A Year 11 team of Jack Middleton, Aaron Whetton, Ben Gudalajtys and Joe Harpham won the Linconshire Vex Robotics Regional Competition in Lincoln. There were twelve teams from across the east of England hoping to win and qualify for the UK final in March.

The Vex competition requires teams to build and programme a robot that is fully autonomous but can also be driven by a human operator. In a 2 minute bout the robot has to pick up plastic balls in an arena and then hurl the balls into a net.  The competition is structured in such a way that each team plays 8 qualification rounds against random opponents and then the leading teams select an ally to pair up for a three legged knock out phase.  The LSST team, called Team 42Volts, finished 3rd out of 12 in qualification and then made an unexpected tactical choice of ally and reached the final round against the red hot favourites that had dominated the qualification rounds earlier.
In a tense first leg the LSST narrowly missed out on victory losing 144 to 143. In the second leg the team came back to win with a score of 132 to 126. The tension in all the teams in the final leg was obvious but our Year 11 team did not lose their nerve and the opponents collapsed scoring just 54 to our 168.

The trophy can be seen alongside the winning robot in the display window of the new robotics room.

The UK finals are at the NEC in Birmingham in March where the winners can go on to Kentucky, USA to compete in the World Finals.  If you get a chance, please congratulate Jack Middleton, Aaron Whetton, Ben Gudalajtys and Joe Harpham on their success and wish them luck for the national finals. Fifth team member Nathan Wallis was unable to attend the competition due to CCF commitments but was involved in building the robot.

Mr R Jones