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Vancouver‚Äôs Gladstone Secondary School is on top of the world this weekend, after taking home first and second place finishes at the VEX Robotics World Championship. This is the first time that a Canadian team has earned the top spot, but even more remarkable is that for the winning ‚ÄúRobosavages‚ÄĚ team their toughest competition came from their own classmates.
¬†The VEX Robotics World Championship, held in Anaheim, California, brought together 400 of the top high school robotics teams from around the world. After two days of qualifying rounds, teams formed alliances to enter the playoffs. The winning Gladstone team allied with teams from California and New Zealand, while their classmates and eventual opponents in the final allied with a team from Hawaii, and team ‚ÄúExothermic Blaze‚ÄĚ, from Redmond, Washington. Each alliance advanced through divisional playoffs before meeting in the main arena in front of thousands of spectators.
¬†The double victory caps an exciting year for Gladstone teacher and team sponsor, Todd Ablett, who received the Prime Minister‚Äôs Award for Teaching Excellence in November for his work developing Gladstone‚Äôs robotics program. ‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to thank our dedicated students, our amazing staff and our biggest sponsor… the parents!‚ÄĚ Ablett said following the final match.
Lance Balcom, president of the Pacific Youth Robotics Society (PYRS), and a key organizer of robotics events in BC pointed out that, ‚ÄúThe key to their victory was a complete redesign of their robot following the BC Championships. They went from having a strong scoring robot to being a defensive juggernaut. They simply shut down their opponents throughout the elimination rounds.‚ÄĚ Other BC schools represented at the event included David Thompson Secondary from Vancouver and Cambie Secondary, from Richmond, who also put in a strong showing, making it through to their divisional semi-finals.
There are over sixty VEX robotics teams in BC. Teams have the opportunity to qualify for the world championships at five tournaments held in Courtenay, Richmond, at the BC Institute of Technology, and in Washington State. PYRS Secretary Jason Brett observed, ‚ÄúThis was the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by the students. Not only did they work all year to qualify for ‚ÄėWorlds‚Äô, but planning and fundraising for the trip took months. The commitment and dedication of the students and their teachers is truly astounding.‚ÄĚ The Gladstone Secondary teams are flying back to Vancouver on Tuesday, arriving at YVR at 12:15pm.
Yes it is ¬†true ! 2W wins the World Champions with 569 and 2900A as their alliance partners! 2D places second with team 10B and 1973 D.
Very surreal right now but take a look at the following links
A picture of us on the right … with all of the winners from the VRC Gateway 2011-2012 Championships !
A picture of us with a final cheer after our win.
Global TV Video
Vancouver Sun Web site
and check out this video by our own Tommy, Lisa and Jenny (they made this before we even left for the worlds)
More to follow!
We will competing at the VEX world robotic championships at the Anaheim Convention Center from April 18th to 21st.¬† We will have 4 robots there and 23 students.¬† Information about the event can be found at
Gladstone robotics, will refer to its teams as Robosavages.¬†¬† The name change is to differentiate us from other schools named Gladstone (there are a few) and most importantly to pay tribute to Mr Michael Savage, a former teacher at Gladstone who worked with Mr Ablett to start our engineering classes which lead to our participation in VEX robotics.¬† Mr Savage passed away in 2004 after a battle with cancer.¬†
Saturday February 25th 2012, ten teams from Gladstone competed in the robotics tournament in Redmond Washington.¬† There were a total of 58 teams present from Washington, Oregon, California and of course B.C.¬† When the dust had settled 2A , 2W with 1492A were the tournament winners with 2D, 2V and 10B finishing in second.¬† Six of our teams made the playoffs and 2K won a Enginnering Award.
Thanks to the organizers and hosts of this great tournament, we have seen it grow from 18 teams to nearly 60 in just a few years.¬† We hope everyone can come to the tournament¬†at BCIT on March 10th and maybe set a record for teams there too.
Before the bus leaves you will need to complete your paperwork, there is the consent form (front and back) and the behavior expectation (front) and the medical (back). So the two forms need to be filled in front and back Field trip Redmond Feb 2012
Before you leave Friday afterschool you need to know who is taking your robot home and have all of your equipment packed to compete. We have NO ACCESS to the school on saturday morning.
The bus will be leaving the front of Gladstone at 5:30am…YES 5:30 AM if you show up too late you may be waving good bye as we drive by and wave back.¬† Please don’t be late.
You will need the following¬†3 things ¬†to get on the bus….
2)Payment $60 in an Sealed envelope with your name on it or a cheque¬†to¬†Gladstone¬†with your name and student number on the back.
3)Your robot brought from home and taken home after the trip (we do NOT have access to the school on Saturday)
So we will be leaving the Front of Gladstone at 5:30 am and arriving back some time between 10:30 and 11:00 pm.
5 of the 6 students in Delta Secondary’s VEX robotics team 4484 came to visit Gladstone’s “robo dojo” today.† We worked together on some link up issues they were having with their robot.† The Delta team will be at BCIT for the competition there on March 10th.†
Wednesday after school 3 of Gladstone’s robot builders headed out Surrey B.C. to Enver Creek Secondary.† There were several local teams and it was a great chance to talk programming and structures and such.† Mr Ablett and Mr Brett (from PYRS and BCIT)†also were involved.† We even learned how jam a wifi network that was interferring with the robot link (hint aliens)
Thanks to all for this event, Mr Balcom for setting it up, Mr Brett for his expertise and driving, Mr Burroughs for hosting it all, and especially all the students who took there afternoon/evening to make it work.
Henry, the ex-programmer for Team 2A (second in the world), is hosting a programming course for programmers of all skill levels on Thursday, February 16th. If you are interested and would like to learn a thing or two about programming, please fill out this survey before Friday, Februrary 10th.