With major events and gathering cancelled worldwide, the VEX Robotics World Championship has been converted to the VEX Robotics Virtual World Celebration. Broadcasting via the VEX Robotics YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/vexroboticstv/), the event “will celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of all teams from the VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away and VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover season, and keep the spirit of competition alive with a simulation Fantasy Robotics Tournament.” The event will be streaming live on Saturday, April 25 in two parts, starting at 11:00am with the VRC (secondary level) and moving to the IQ (elementary level) at 12:30pm.
As part of the event, there will be a celebration of Online Challenge winners, including NDS Alpha, 69639A, a VEX IQ from Notre Dame du Sault. Earlier this year, the team submitted a design from a new robot component in the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge. Using 3D design software, the team designed the “IQ Shaft Extender.”
They found that while building their robot, they could not find a metal shaft of the correct length. As modification to VEX IQ parts is not allowed, they designed a coupling piece to provide the length needed.
From their submitted report, “The part we designed is a rectangular box with a square slot through the length of the box that can accept the metal shafts to be connected. The part has two holes which can accept existing VEX IQ Shaft Collars. These Shalt Collars will hold the metal shafts in place so they do not pull apart. The centre of the new part is solid plastic (dense honeycomb pattern) which can transfer the rotation forces (torque) from one shaft to the next.”
Along with the simulated competition and celebration of winners, the new VRC and IQ Competition games will be announced. Once announced, VEX competitors will start to brainstorm ideas for new robots that can overcome the challenges of the new games.
For those competitors, or anyone interested in VEX Robotics, eager to get back into working with their robots, VEX has released a web-based version of their coding studio (https://vr.vex.com/). It allows users to program a virtual robot and try a variety of coding activities (https://education.vex.com/vr/). This is a great opportunity to brush up on coding your robot or even learn about coding in an interactive environment.
Locally, VEX Robotics events are supported by the ADSB VEX Robotics program, which supports publicly funded school-based teams from across Algoma. If you are interested in finding out more about VEX Robotics in the region, including how your child can get involved in robotics, contact Mark Carlucci, the program coordinator, at [email protected].