An update has been made to the Beginnners Guide to ROBOTC. It now includes programming the Cortex Microcontroller as well as the PIC Microcontroller.

This guide was first created and published a year ago by George Gillard (aged 14 at the time) and has already had over 900 downloads. It is aimed to help new programmers learn how to programme in ROBOTC, a C language for robots.

If you would like to download the guide, here is a link.

The 2011-2012 season has certainly been an exhilarating one.

NZ held the Robot World Cup battle here in October where Free Range teams managed to take 1st and 2nd place.

The scrimmages throughout the year have helped all the NZ teams hone their skills, develop and extend engineering ideas, and raise the bar in the competition. We are grateful to the Kiwibots, Massey and Auckland Uni teams for all the time and energy you invest into the program!

The Nationals competition this year was fierce as always.  There were many strong contenders with solidly designed robots which made for robust matches.  Our team had 3 robots entered in the Nationals competition, and all three made it through to the quarterfinal playoff rounds. We all know the stomach churning anxiety of those moments in battle where everything can change in a second, and the agony or joy as the points are added.  This competition had plenty of adrenaline moments.

Free Range Team 2921 finished 2nd place in the qualifications round, winning all their matches and missing 1st place by just one ranking point!

Free Range Team 2921, in an alliance with aMax and Avondale, made it through to the finals and in a nail biting “best of 3” battle that included the first game ending in a tie, we were defeated by the Lynfield College alliance trio, coming in at 2nd place.

We have always taken the responsibility of representing NZ very seriously – knowing full well that many of our teams here in NZ would shine in the USA based World Champs competition. The high standard among our peers here in NZ is something we are really proud to be part of.

Lynfield College has always been a force to reckon with and we are delighted to see them go on to represent NZ in the World Championships in LA next month. Congratulations to you all and we know you will carry the NZ Tournament Champions torch with honour.  Good luck and congratulations to Pinehurst who also have qualified for the World Championship competition.

Hi everyone, 

Voting for the VEX online challenges was just recently opened. Please vote generously for us! Here's how...

  1. If you haven't created a RobotEvents or VEX Forum account before, create one with this link. Otherwise, login to RobotEvents.
  2. Go to this link for our website and this link for our essay - These links will take you to where you need to be to vote.
  3. On the right hand side, just below the "User Details" box, you will see a box named "Entry Voting". Click and drag the red bars across towards the right to score our website/essay. Please vote generously! Every vote will help us get into the top 10.

Thank you for voting!! :)

So after a break from robotics, the Free Range team has reformed to take on the new year and upcoming competitions! Some building and upgrading has been done on all 3 robots and they are nearing completion for the next competition on the 28th January. 
After a complete template redesign and some updates, Free Range Robotics have entered the team/club website challenge, part of the VEX online challenges for the 2011/12 season, Gateway! We have also entered the essay challenge with an essay that Aarone wrote about his journey so far with VEX.

Please vote for us! You can vote here for the website and here for the essay. Voting opens on the 11th January, and ends on the 24th January.

Thanks! Smile