Day 2 results from the VEX IQ World Championships in Louisville Kentucky

A tradition in this event, team drivers exchange gifts prior to their matches as partners. The drive team from Honolulu was very excited to meet the Canadians and receive their gifts.

The Missanabie duo had the honour of helping to hold the Canadian flag in the parade of nations that marked the official start of the tournament, while countries like Bahrain, Chile, Japan, Syria, Finland and twenty others joined in the celebration of the STEM-based competition.

While touring the venue, the boys chat with R2-D2, recreated in life-size and fully operational, and made from all the same parts used to create their own competition robots

The ADSB team took to the field today for 4 Teamwork matches and also added some skills scores as well. In Skills, their first attempt at the Programming Skills scored 9 points but far short of the 30-35 points they had scored earlier in practice. This helped them add to their total driver score, but they are expecting better results tomorrow. They currently sit in 186th of 242, but their best scores would put them in the top-half of the field of they could repeat similar performances tomorrow. The will have 4 more chances to improve tomorrow.

Chase and Hunter pose for their photos in front of the giant event banner.

In Teamplay, their opening match with a partner team from Louisville ended poorly when their partner’s controller brain died in the opening seconds, leaving them to attempt to score on their own, and they posted a low 9-point total. Their second match, partnered with a working robot from North Carolina, ended much better, with the two robots posting a score of 43 points. Match 3 was nearly a disaster when their Colombian partners failed to see this match on their schedule and had gone to cheer on another team, only returning with 60 seconds to spare before the start of the match. With no time to plan, they struggled into a 33-point finish. The final match today partnered them with an all-girls team from Honolulu, with a very exciting match that saw both robots nearly tip off the balance bridge but both saved themselves in the final second, to score a nice 46-point finish.

while completing their match with the Hawaii team, REC Foundation executives, including Dr. Woodie Flowers, PhD Mech Eng (3rd from left), came to observe the action. Dr. Flowers helped to create competitive robotics in North America thirty years ago, and helped it to evolve into a world-class event.

Missanabie currently ranks 60th of 68 teams in their division, with 6 more qualifying matches set for tomorrow. The top 20 teams in each division advance to the playoff rounds, and the World Champions will be declared about 6pm tomorrow night.

The Martel brothers were carrying the back of the Canadian flag as part of the Canadian team contingent in the Parade of Nations. 25 different countries are represented in the tournament this week.
Engineering judges circulate and occasionally stop, like this one did, to hear about the robot designs, and how the boys were able to come up with their innovative ways to play the game this year.


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