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Heading to the State Tournament at MSU Vex EDR Logo

Seven of Hudsonville’s 16 teams are headed to MSU on Feb 19 to compete at the state finals. There will be 26 middle school teams competing for five world spots and 48 high school teams competing for eight world spots.

MS teams include: Baldwin teams 8860B – Top Gear and 8860D – The Flock, and Riley teams 8153C – ODIS and 8153D – Cortexed.

HS teams include: 6715B – Justified Jank, 8031D – C.I.A., and 8031E – 01010001 [binary for Q].

Congratulations to all of the teams. Their hard work is showing great success.

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Belding Results Vex EDR Logo

Belding VEX / Robroy Enclosures HS/MS Qualifier

This was a 48 team blended event where both high school and middle school teams compete in the same tournament.  Most HS teams are more advanced but you would be surprised how well the MS teams do.

2017 Belding MS Excellence

MS Team 8860D – The Flock won the MS Excellence Award – the top award at a Vex event.

Champion HS team 8031E - 01010001
Hudsonville HS team 8031E – 01010001 [binary for Q] was a tournament champion.
These two teams are now on their way to the state tournament at MSU on February 19, 2017. Hudsonville now has six teams qualified.

Belding Skills Champions 6715B - Justified Jank
HS team 6715B earned the design award and they set another state skills record at 66 points.  This places them 115th in the world out of over 4,100 skills ranked teams.  MS team 8153D – Cortexed also earned the design award.

Since this event was so large and only 24 teams get to compete in the elimination rounds, the Belding group also hosted a “toilet bowl” (similar to Gus Macker).  Hudsonville team 8153D – Cortexed won the coveted title.  This is our second in our three year history.

Special thanks to our friends at Belding for hosting a great event.

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West Michigan Regional Results Vex EDR Logo

DSC_0490Four teams from Hudsonville have earned a spot at the state tournament.

Top teams from Grandville, Hudsonville, and Jenison met to compete at the first ever West Michigan Regional Tournament to determine who would earn one of the 12 high school and 10 middle school state spots. Nine Hudsonville teams competed in the event.

In order to qualify for the regional event a team had to win an advancing award at a local event. Hudsonville’s 15 teams have earned over 25 awards at local events this year and this event adds five more. Significantly higher than the 15 earned last year.

High School, Team 6715B – Justified Jank (blue shirts) won the championship with their alliance and they earned the (individual event) Robot Skills Champion award. Their skills score is tied for the highest in the state.

Middle school, Team 8860B – Top Gear (red shirts) won the championship with their alliance, team 8153C – ODIS (not pictured) won the middle schools Design award by defending their robot design to judges, and team 8153D – Cortexted (black shirts) was a tournament finalist.

High school team 8031E – 01010001 [binary for Q](not pictured) earned the Build award but it does not qualify for the state tournament.

Here are links to the official Vex Robotics results for high school and middle school.

The event was hosted by Grandville Robotics at Grandville High School.
Grandville press release.

Additional Press

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Inaugural Regional Tournament Vex EDR Logo

The standard Vex competition model is that teams compete tournaments around the state and the champions and the Excellence Award winner earn a spot at the state tournament.
The growth of West Michigan teams has been so significant the past two years that there are not enough spots for the 40+ area champions. This has caused West Michigan organizations to establish a regional tournament and that happens tomorrow.
This will be one of the first regional events in Vex history. A few states like Texas and California have split into territories where they have two state tournaments but that can impact how teams earn a spot at the world tournament.
We feel that the regional event is a better model that will have added benefits. This event will only host teams that have earned the champion status which makes for a great competition and it also means that the teams moving on to the state tournament will be top notch.
We are excited for this event. If you want to see some great competition by top West Michigan teams then stop out to Grandville High School. See our Events page for details and directions.

Link to press release

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Jenison Tournament – They did it again Vex EDR Logo

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Teams 8860B – Top Gear and 8860D – The Flock won the Jension MS tournament on Saturday after competing the full three rounds in the final event. This is the second week in a row that this alliance has won a championship. Team 8860B – Top Gear also earned the Create Award.  Click for MS Results.

At the high school event – Hudsonville team 6715B – Justified Jank was one of the tournament champions and team 8031A – Im Just Not Sure earned the Create Award. Click for HS results.

Congratulations to all of the teams.  Many are already qualified for the Regional Event happening next Saturday at Grandville High School.  See the Events page for details.

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Jenison Tournament Vex EDR Logo

Hudsonville Robotics will be competing in a 60 team tournament this weekend at Jenison High School. Teams will take part in qualification matches, skills events, judging and finally an elimination tournament.

See our events page for more details and directions.

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Two More Champions Make the Cut Competition

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There were two Baldwin Middle School teams that competed in Grandville on January 7 taking the champion spot.

Team 8860B – Top Gear were undefeated (8-0-0) during the qualification rounds and then allied with team 8860D – The Flock in the elimination rounds.

Both teams have come close to being tournament champions during four previous events and finally earned their spot to move on to the regional event on January 21.

This puts the award count at 22 for Hudsonville Robotics – our highest count yet. Congratulations to all of the teams.

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Hudsonville Tournament Vex EDR Logo

53 teams from across West Michigan came to compete. Hudsonville’s 6715B and 8031F were two of the high school champions, and 6715B also won the Judges’ award. Riley teams 8153D and 8153A were tournament champions at the middle school level, and team 8153C won the Judges’ award and was the Robot Skills winner. Congratulations go to all of the teams for their hard work and commitment.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that supported our first ever Vex Robotics tournament – it was a big success! We also want to thank Grandville and Jenison robotics programs for their contributions including volunteers and competition equipment.

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First Tournament Vex EDR Logo

The West MI Halloween Challenge will be Hudsonville Robotics’s first tournament of the season at the Grandville Robotics & Engineering Center (directions).  Teams will take part in match play, skills events, judging and tournament play with almost 60 other Michigan teams. The event is so large that Grandville Robodawgs had to rent a huge heated tent to hold the event.   The teams are excited to compete.  More details and directions can be found in the events section of the website.  This event is free and open to the public.

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League Night 2 Vex EDR Logo

The second league event was held at Jenison High School.   The matches are getting faster, there is more moment on the field and the competition is getting tougher as teams have been making improvements to their robots.

League nights are scored differently from tournaments.  While league finalist will be qualified for the regional tournament, the scores are averaged over four weeks so there is less pressure as the teams start to build their robot.

Tournaments are one day events so teams have to perform their best that day.  There are usually more teams and the energy level is much higher.  Our first tournament will be at Grandville on October 29. See the events page for details.

Collaboration
Notice in the photo below that all of the teams competing in that match are from Hudsonville.   Teams are scored individually but they compete as alliances and the alliances are selected at random before the event.  Any team from any school can be paired with any other team.   This creates a collaborative environment because students need to learn to compete with a different team for every match.

All HudsonvilleSpecial thanks to the Jenison Robotics group for hosting the event.  They did a great job.