Today was the first day of the robotics championships - registrations, set up and practice, and of course scouting. We set up our pit with the NZ flag and our team banner and it looks very good! We had the robot inspected and our programming checked and all was ok.
The drive team of Max, Ethan and Kane spent time practicing on the elevated platforms (quite a different feel from the floor level we had for our competitions in NZ), and had a practice competing round on the competition fields.
Isaac and I went scouting, met some other teams and found out about their robots. It's important to know the other teams that you might play against or be in an alliance with.. Got some cool as stuff from some of the teams! Like flags, bracelets, badges, lollipops, all sorts really!
We bought some more robot parts today, as we had to repair a few things. Most of the stuff that happened today was a bit of a big blur of people (Everywhere!) Pits, badges, and everything! Everyone was exhausted by about 4, but the day goes until 7pm. So after the day had finished, and it was really humid outside, we just dragged back to the hotel.
There are a lot of teams here, but there a few teams missing, due to the flu alert.

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Hello Everyone!

I'm Rhiannon Waller, and I will be keeping you up to date while the team is in America with the aim of bringing home the VEX World Champion trophy! The team who are in Dallas are: Patrick - team captain and pit manager; Max - driver coach; Kane and Ethan - robot drivers; Michael - programmer; pit crew is - (and other tasks) Richard (programmer, scout), Isaac (scout, photographer) and me, Rhiannon (scout, communications). We are supported by adult leaders and mentors, who help keep us on task.
Over the last few weeks in the build up to the competition Michael and Richard have been working amazingly hard on the programming, and have even learnt a few things along the way! Craig and Mark have been working very hard organizing fundraising opportunities! Terry, John and Patrick have been sizzling their heads to the bone with all this organizing that has to be done! Max, Ethan and Kane have been practicing driving everyday for past few weeks, and Isaac and I have been doing all the other preparation jobs so that we have everything ready.

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You are invited to "The Way Home", presented by Out West Up High.

Vex Robotics Fundraising Concert
In support of the Home School Vex Robotics Team, NZ representatives in the Vex World Finals in USA.

Saturday 25th April 7:00pm.

At Ranui Baptist Church, 464 Swanson Road, Ranui.

Gold coin entrance (A collection will be taken at the conclusion to support the vex robotics team who are heading to America).


Phone Terry Allen (09) 413 8168 or Craig Paul (09) 833 5350 if you have questions.

Free range robotics featured on Sunshine on TV3 last Wednesday!

To watch the interview follow this link.

Remember all the latest news articles including this one are listed here.

You are invited to the

Free Range Robotics Celtic Fundraiser Dance!

Where: Carey Park, 397 Henderson Valley Rd Map
When: Sunday 5th April; 7pm - about 10pm
What: Dancing, Food, Demonstrations of "Free Range" (the robot), Live Music
Cost: $10pp; $35 per family

All to raise money for the Homeschool Robotics team who are heading to America to represent NZ in the world championships!

Be prepared to have fun! All ages welcome.

Please bring: yourself, a smile, and a plate and non-alcoholic drink to share for supper

RSVP: 4th April through the Contact Us form

See you there!