Pan Pacific VEX Competition 2010

The 3rd Annual Pan-Pacific VEX Competition was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, 2010. 112 teams from across the U.S. including 12 from Mainland China competed in the event. This year’s game, Round Up, is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a twenty-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent alliance by scoring tubes upon goalposts, "owning" goalposts and by low hanging or high hanging from the ladder in the center of the field. A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the Autonomous Period. You can see in this video how the robots need to pick up as many rings and place them on goalposts located along the rim of the playing field or those distributed in the playing field. The robot designs differ primarily in the way they pick up the rings. In the examples in the video, the teams build robots to scoop the rings up to place them on the goalposts. In this alternative design an arm is placed in the hole of the ring and holding the ring in place. Additional rings can be grabbed, one on top of the other. One interesting bonus point exercise had the robot latching onto the triangular structure in the playing field and lifting itself above the yellow rung. This is the largest regional VEX tournament which leads up the the World Championships in Orlando Florida on April 14-16, 2011. Winners from the Pan Pacific VEX Competition this weekend will continue on to Orlando to represent their school and State. ***UPDATE - 12/5/10, 7:28pm: The winning alliance of the HECO Division included ‘Iolani School, Bellarmine Preparatory Academy (Team A) and Bellarmine Preparatory Academy (Team B) from San Jose, California. Waiakea High (Team A), Waiakea High (Team B) and Tianjin Nankai Huanghedao Primary School (Tianjin, China) took second place in the HECO Division. The ROC Division champions included Island School, Radford High and Waialua High. Honoka‘a High, Radford High and Waialua High earned second place in the ROC Division. The champion alliance of the HECO and ROC Divisions competed in the high-stakes final championship rounds. In the end, the three-team alliance from ‘Iolani School, Bellarmine Preparatory Academy (Team A) and Bellarmine Preparatory Academy (Team B) from San Jose, California took the top honors, finishing as the Pan-Pacific Champions. Six Hawai’i schools who competed at the Pan Pacific Championship qualified to advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship that will take place at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, April 18-20, 2011, including:
  • Highlands Intermediate School
  • ‘Iolani School
  • Island School
  • Radford High
  • Waiakea High
  • Waialua High