Our VEX IQ team, Ballistic Bede, attended their first regional competition event on Monday 15th January at Nissan. Our six, year five members worked with perseverance to build and programme their robot Vexy to compete in Full Volume (a world wide robot competition game for children aged between 10-16). At the event, the team passed the robot inspection with flying colours, were interviewed by the Nissan judges on their design and engineering process and worked with other teams in alliance matches. Our team members were confident, positive and incredibly supportive of each other and other teams. We were incredibly proud of them!

Across the day, Louisa and Katelyn made sure the robot’s and controller’s software and programming was up to date so the robot was ready for each match. They scored a very commendable 20 points during their autonomous skills match which involved coding the robot to play the game by itself. The referee was amazed that they had achieved that score as part of a new team!

Frankie, William, Emily and Blake operated the robot in the driving skills and alliance matches. Before the matches, they sought out the other teams they would play alongside and discussed a gaming strategy with them. They were confident and communicated really well with these pupils from other schools. Across the matches, their driving skills continued to improve and we were elated to be at fourth place before lunch! Unfortunately, in the afternoon, we had mechanical issues which caused the robot’s head to stop lifting. This placed a limit on the amount of points we could score in the afternoon matches. Everyone remained positive and we were all determined to continue to enjoy the experience.

Frankie, William, Emily and Blake operated the robot in the driving skills and alliance matches. Before the matches, they sought out the other teams they would play alongside and discussed a gaming strategy with them. They were confident and communicated really well with these pupils from other schools. Across the matches, their driving skills continued to improve and we were elated to be at fourth place before lunch! Unfortunately, in the afternoon, we had mechanical issues which caused the robot’s head to stop lifting. This placed a limit on the amount of points we could score in the afternoon matches. Everyone remained positive and we were all determined to continue to enjoy the experience.