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Grandville Halloween Tournament Vex EDR Logo

2017 Grandville Halloween Tournament

Grandville, MI – 57 West Michigan robotics teams met at Grandville Middle School for the annual Halloween event. Teams competed on the field, met with judges and participated in individual skills events. For several of our teams this was their first experience at a tournament however Hudsonville’s teams earned 14 awards and middle school teams held six of the top ten positions.

High school

Team 6715B – Justified Jank and 8031E were tournament champions and both set the top two skills scores of 96 and 90 respectively. These are the top scores in the state of Michigan and 19th and 34th in the world. Justified Jank earned the Amaze award and Five Guys earned the Judges award.

Middle school

Team 8860D – The Flock won the Excellence award which is the top at an event. The Flock along with 8860B – Top Gear were tournament champions. 8153C – Sa-BOT-age and Top Gear were the skills champions with scores of 62. 8153E earned the Design award, 8153D earned the Build award, and Top Gear earned the Amaze award.

A special thank you to Grandville Robotics and their team of volunteers. They did a great job once again.

For official results click High School or Middle School.

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VexIQ Leagues Start VEX_IQ Logo

Vex Ringmaster
Vex IQ Leagues will be starting on Monday, October 16. Events will be held at either Grandville or Jenison. Look for West Michigan VEX IQ Fall League on the Events page for details. The links will take you to the RobotEvents website with additional information.

Contact VexIQ@hudsonvillerobotics.com if you have questions.

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First EDR Tournament of the Season Vex EDR Logo

Vex In The Zone
All EDR Hudsonville teams will be competing at Grandville this Saturday. This is the annual VEX Halloween tournament in West Michigan.  Break out those Halloween costumes and come compete on the main field – and on the skills challenge fields!

Note that this event has been moved from the Grandville Robotics Center to the Grandville Middle School. Look for the West MI Halloween Challenge on our Events page for links and further details.

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Programming with RobotC Vex EDR Logo

Robomatter Logo

One of the robotics programming software compilers is called RobotC and the company that makes the software, Robomatter, was purchased by Vex Robotics last year. One reason Vex purchased Robomatter was because the Vex community seemed to prefer this product. One benefit to us is that Vex Robotics provides a free license for each Cortex – we like free.

That said, we started encouraging our teams to use RobotC last year and we will continue to do so. In my opinion the EasyC software (that we used to use) may be a little easier for new teams starting out but the RobotC is not that difficult to learn and it has many other advantages. For the die-hard we still have EasyC installed on the Hudsonville Robotics laptops but we will no longer be supporting that product moving forward. Eventually each student will have to transition.

My goal is to host 15 minute training sessions that I will start next week Monday and Tuesday. I want to make sure that I work with every team. I am usually there on Thursdays too so I will be happy to do another training of a team missed the presentation.

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We are a Go! Vex EDR Logo

The orientation nights were a success and we are off to the 2017-18 competition season.  This year we have almost 96 students in VexEDR and 45 in VexIQ.  It is great to see so many families committed to the program.

We will continue to post updates here so check back occasionally.

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2017-18 Vex Games Vex EDR Logo

Both Vex Robotics 2017-18 games were released at the world tournament. Check out the videos below
Vex EDR

Vex IQ

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2016-17 State of the Program General

As the 2016-17 season comes to a close I wanted to share some key points on the state of the Hudsonville Robotics program.


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The EDR program (HS/MS) had 66 students with seven high school and eight middle school teams. The teams earned 39 awards including three Excellence, five Design, and 16 Tournament Champion. Nine teams advanced to the Regional level, seven teams advanced to States, and four teams attended the World Tournament.

Hudsonville Robotics collaborated with Hudsonville Public Schools to offer an independent study program for four high schools students. The course was a success and we plan on having further conversations with HPS to see how it can improve.


The REC Foundation has started a program called to to increase the number of girls involved with education and competition programs. This year 11% of our students were girls and 1/3 of our state qualifying teams had female members. While the Vex Robotics competition model is a pretty even playing field when it comes to gender and many of our teams were indifferent as to the gender of their teammates, we still want to educate parents and the community that this is a great program for introducing all students to S.T.E.M. related skills.


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This year Hudsonville Robotics added a VexIQ pilot program for students in grades 4-6. There were 25 students on five teams. The teams earned two awards this year and two of the teams advanced to the State finals.

We have added two new members to the board, Dana Jones and Tom Elenbaas to coordinate the VexIQ program.


Moving forward
On May 25 we hosted an open house with over 50 new students interested in the program.
We plan on offering summer courses for both EDR and IQ to give students opportunities to work with the robots in preparation for the 2017 fall competition season.
We are meeting with the Event Partners in Michigan to plan the tournament offerings for next year.

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Inspiring Video at Vex Worlds Vex EDR Logo

Dr Woodie Flowers is an innovator and considered the father of competitive robotics. Check out the video below.

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2017 Vex Worlds Vex EDR Logo


2017 Worlds Group Photo

Four of our finest teams are at the Kentucky Expo Center to compete in the Vex World Tournament.

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VexIQ State Results VEX_IQ Logo

Charlotte, MI – VexIQ Elementary 15103B and 15103D had a great showing at the Michigan VexIQ State Tournamant with 15103B South Purple Lightning ranking 5th place.

Congratulations teams and VexIQ parents. This was a great showing for first year teams in a first year program.

15103B

15103D