The Martel brothers from Missanabie joined 263 other elementary (grades 3-5) teams in the VEX IQ World Robotics Championships, in Louisville, Kentucky. Today is the first of three scoring days, set to conclude with the playoff finals on Tuesday night.
Team Missanabie had an opening setback when their robot failed the first inspection, for being 1 cm too long, and the boys had to return to the pits and alter the design they had developed over the past month. With repairs made, they passed inspection and went off to try their first Driver Scoring challenge, where they posted a respectable 36-points, but not attempting a Programming Challenge, so they currently sit in 116th, with 5 more challenge attempts remaining for tomorrow and Tuesday.
In the meantime, the Missanabie pits were a hive of activity, as the Canadian Duo was a popular team to visit, flying the Maple Leaf proud, and handing out Maple Candy and chocolate Loonies to all who came to visit with them. The boys had teams from 15 different countries come by to visit and exchange flag pins and autographs, and the brothers also visited many of their pits. Their own pit row included teams from England, China, Puerto Rico and Mexico, while their practice matches included sharing practice time with teams from Korea, Egypt, Bahrain and New Zealand.
Monday, the Teamwork cooperative Challenges will begin. In this year’s game, two teams will work together to help each other score points in 60-second matches, with the total scores of 10 matches with random partners will determine the top teams who will advance to the division Playoffs. Missanabie will compete along with 67 other teams in the “Technology” division group. 4 equal sized groups will all be attempting to win their divisions to advance to the World Playoffs on Tuesday afternoon.
Monday’sTeamwork matches will open with a Louisville team as their first partner, followed by matches with teams from North Carolina, Columbia, and Honolulu Hawaii to finish their day. Skills Challenge matches will also be available to add to their Robot Skills scores.