School has been out for over a month now and you may wonder what our VEX Robotics teams have been up to. Well, they are surely not taking the summer off, they have been hard at work preparing for the Skyrise International Summer Games. After competing in the VEX Robotics World Championship in April they were invited to attend the VEX Robotics Competition International Summer Games in Honolulu, Hawaii. The games start this week and it is the first official event of the new season.

The VEX Robotics Competition Skyrise game is the competition for the 2014 / 2015 season that open to middle school and high school students (ages 11-18). The game is played on a 12 ft x 12 ft field and requires robots to move game objects into or onto goals. The one-page description of the game and scoring is here:

VEX Skyrise - One-Page

VEX skyrise robotics competition field

The playing field starts with the game objects set-up in known positions. In our practice matches we are using just one quarter of the field. The object is to move game objects, cubes of your color and the yellow skyrise sections into scoring positions.

Here is a look at the robot from Rolling Robots Team 7700B scoring points.

There is a robot size limit of 18x18x18 inches at the start of the match, but the robot can grow larger once the clock starts as shown here by the robot from Rolling Robots Team 7700A. It looks like soon the robot may be taller than the robot builders.

VEX skyrise scissor lift

A scissor lift is used to raise the game object to the scoring position. Here is a stack of 4 Skyrise sections worth 16 points.

VEX skyrise section stacking

The next goal is to collect the cubes and stack them on scoring poles. Each stacked cube is worth 2 points on a scoring pole and 4 points on the yellow Skyrise pole.

VEX skyrise cube scoring

The first competition for the new 2014/2015 Sesson is :

International VEX Summer Games, July 10 - 12, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii.
VEX International Summer Games

The "away" team is already in Hawaii getting ready to compete over the next few days. You can get the up-to-date results by following @RollingRobots on twitter or at "Results" tab on the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation's website: International VEX Summer Games - Skyrise Division You can even enjoy the matches live at "Webcast" tab.

The Webcast is here:

International VEX Summer Games WEBcast, July 10 - 12, 2014, Honolulu, Hawaii.

News coverage from the event is below. Watch carefully near the end and you will see our team member Alex piloting the Toss Up robot in competition.