VEX Robotics Nationals held Friday and Saturday 2nd-3rd March
Glenfield College had two teams in the University Competition which turned out to be an Auckland University vs Glenfield College Competition. There were no scores kept but good value. The two robots were operated by Stephanie Crossley and Owen Fung supported by another of our ex members Giselle Keenleyside.
We had three teams in the High School Competition.
2918D Jason Collingwood and Taryn Kemp (supported by Stedtson van Rensberg a student with us last year but now at Whangaparaoa College) spent most of the preliminary rounds in the first 4 out of 50 teams. We ended up 8th place. This meant we chose an alliance for quarter finals. We were beaten by the ultimate winners (three teams from Lynfield College).
The other two teams performed creditably coming in the upper middle of the field. 2918E Kieran Williams with Sarah Meha. 2918F Jack La Trobe supported by Nicolette McKenzie and Mark Golds.
Scouts were Sam Golds and the others when they were free.
We won the following awards:
Jason and Taryn won the Judges Award, basically for shooting way above their weight. It was their first Nationals and their professionalism and quality of robot and all round competence really impressed everyone.
GCEC also won the Support Award. This was for supporting other teams at the Nationals with advice, parts and help when ever it was needed. This also had a $500 prize attached for VEX parts, donated by AUT University.
Teacher-in-Charge, Mr Dave Aston was awarded the Teachers Award for 2012.