Rolling Robots takes the show on the road, and emerges victorious! Congratulations to all our teams for their triumphant efforts.
This past weekend saw a flurry of activity for the Rolling Robots Championship teams. We had two big events lined up, the Victory in the Valley tournament in Reseda, CA, and the Pan Pacific Championship in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the very first event for our new middle school team, 7700K, and a big one it was. Despite the challenge and their lack of competition experience, they had a strong showing and exited the qualification rounds undefeated and in first place.
Also in Reseda, 6007X was a tournament finalist and went on to win the Robot Skills Award with a score of 106 as well as the Create Award for creative engineering design.
Last but not least, our High School team 7700R returned to Hawaii to defend their title as Pan Pacific Champions and came home undefeated with 4 trophies!
Finals 1 match RED Alliance 7700R Rolling Robots, 359A Hawaiian Kids vs Blue Alliance 2460A Na Paniolo and 4142A Pearl City High School.
All of our teams did incredibly well and we are super proud of them and their accomplishments. Here's a complete breakdown of all our achievements at the competitions this last weekend. And thanks to everyone reading for your support.
Victory in the Valley Tournament, Reseda, CA
7700A - 21st with 4 wins 4 loss, 9th in skills - 40 pts, Quarter Finalist
7700C - 22st with 4 wins 4 loss, 10th in skills - 40 pts, Quarter Finalist
7700K - 1st with 8 wins 0 loss, 8th in skills - 42 pts, Tournament Finalist
6007X - 4th with 6 wins 2 loss, 1st in skills - 106 pts, Create Award, Tournament Finalist
Pan Pacific Championship, Honolulu, Hawaii
7700R - 1st with 10 wins 0 loss, 2nd in skills - 137 pts (9th in World Ranking), Tournament Champion, Innovate Award, Future Award
7700S - 14th with 6 wins 4 loss, 16th in skills - 62 pts, Quarter Finalist
In celebration of The International day of the Girl Child, Rolling Robots is holding a free robot building session and open house on Wednesday, October 11th, from 4pm-7pm. This event is designed to recognize the awesome girls and women of Rolling Robots as well as to hopefully introduce more young people to our STEM programs.
Rolling Robots prides itself on being a very inclusive environment and a huge proponent of women in STEM. Our female competition team members, instructors, mentors, and staff would all love for you to drop by the Open House to hear about their experiences and see how easy and fun it is for you to get involved.
Time and Location:
10/11/2017 from 4pm-7pm at all three of our main store locations (Glendale, Palos Verdes, and West LA).
Attendees will get a chance to build and drive a VEX IQ Robot (this is the same robotics system used by our world championship teams). In fact, our 7700W all-girls VEX IQ team from West LA was the first of our elementary school level teams to qualify for the VEX IQ World Championship! There will also be a tour of our Robotics Workshop, as well as a meet-and-greet session with some of our female competition team members, including some from our VEX Robotics World Championship Round Robin Finalist team. We will also be using this event as an opportunity to recognize our outreach team of STEM Ambassadors by granting 6 presidential volunteer service awards.
Breaking News --- Sammy Kits have arrived at Rolling Robots! so now we will also be building a Vex IQ Sammy that you can take on your travels with you. Take pictures with him and post on social media with hashtags . #FindSammy @RollingRobots #omgrobots
The Rolling Robots Vex Robotics Competition Teams are gearing up for the upcoming competition season and we’d like to invite your child to consider our VEX IQ Robotics Elementary School Level Team.
New teams are starting in several locations. let us know where you are and we will come to you.
Rolling Robots is home to several world class VEX Robotics teams. Competing in VEX IQ competition challenges is the first step towards becoming part of a World Champion robotics team, and we’d like you and your child to consider signing up. Team enrollment is open to students of all skill levels; the VEX IQ system and the competition itself are designed so that elementary school age students can get started in hands-on robotics without any prior experience.
Rolling Robots is the perfect place to get involved with competitive robotics. We have a curriculum designed to help all our students excel at these events, and our history shows our methods get great results. In 2016 - 2017 we had 6 VEX IQ teams comprised of students from grades 3-5 and all 5 of them made it to the California State Championship. Because of their stellar performance in these State competitions, 3 of our teams then went on to the VEX IQ World Championship held in Louisville Kentucky. You can follow the results of our teams at: https://rollingrobots.com/blog and on our social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @rollingrobots
The VEX IQ competition uses an all plastic kit that can be easily assembled, disassembled, and then reassembled again, allowing for lots of quick experimentation. The events are structured to be non-competitive with teams improving themselves to reach the highest score. When two teams are on the field they are not working against each other but are rather attempting to reach the highest combined score. Students of course end up comparing their scores through local and world rankings etc, but it’s always positive and in the spirit of good fun. The details of the challenge are found here: http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-iq-challenge/viq-current-game/
Here are our teams 7700P and 7700J from Rolling Hills Estate winning the highest challenge achievement, the “Excellence Award”, as well as the also prestigious Design Award at the Chadwick VEX IQ tournament in January 2017.
In addition to the robot building, programming, and operational aspects of the events, students will also be interviewed by judges about their design and development process during a STEM presentation that students will prepare, much like a science fair project. We need students on the team to help with all these aspects, so you can see that with all these different elements there is room for students from all ages and with all types of talents and interests.
Being on a team is unlike any other class or after school program that you may be familiar with. We work with our teams the same way we would with a group of young, professional engineers. They will be given a project (the specific competition) and they will learn to figure out how to best complete it using the skills in design, building, and programming methods we teach as part of our curriculum. The instructors are their technical experts and serve as consultants to them rather than teachers.
We provide training on the basics such as motors, gears, structure, and robotics code, and we engage them in detailed technical discussion based on their questions. At first some students may find this type of learning environment unfamiliar, as it’s so different from what they’re used to, but eventually they inevitably end up enjoying the creative freedom and flexibility it offers and it proves itself as a great strategy towards achieving a high level STEM education.
How to Join:
New teams are starting up with single day introductory workshops. The team will be focused on learning to build and code robots using the VEX IQ system. After the initial workshop and team formation, we will usually meet once per week for 2 hours at a time. Each team will be a minimum of 6 members and maximum of 8. After developing a robot and practicing the team will compete in several events during the season.