The GCEC team have returned from the VEX Robotics World Championships April 2016. On the 15 April they left Auckland bound for the VEX Robotics World Championships in
Louisville Kentucky USA. It was our 4th time in 6 years the team has competed at the “Worlds”.
We took two teams. 2918 was run by Jason Collingwood and Levi Chapman who had qualified through the school, winning the
World High School Excellence Award in 2015.
2918E was run by Hemant Toora and Adam Macintyre who had qualified through driver skills at the New Zealand Nationals in February.
Jason and Levi gave an award speech on the second day when Mr David Aston was presented with the VEX Teacher of the year award. They did it a great job of this, also giving a speech at the VEX Champions dinner that same night. This second speech was more frightening, as it was addressing the heads of VEX organisations and sponsors. This included Mr Dave Lavery, the head of NASA’s interplanetary space exploration division.
The VEX competition has 16000 teams competing from 40 countries. There were 1072 teams who had qualified from 31 countries, with students from primary school age, right through to University, competing in their respective sections. Our teams had solid reliable robots, and while they didn’t take home any awards this time, they performed creditably, with good humour and graciousness at all times.