The CIS RoboGrizzlies recently demonstrated their remarkable robotics prowess at a VEX IQ competition in Wuhan, China, under the guidance of their dedicated robotics coach, Todd Voykin. They made the CIS community very proud by bringing back multiple awards and embodying the spirit of excellence!
Teams of Glory: Champions for 3 of 8 Awards
After days of competitions, the CIS RoboGrizzlies received:
The event featured 23 teams from 9 different schools, creating an atmosphere of collaboration and competition. The CIS Junior team entered the competition with three distinct groups: the "Laggers," the "Cowboys," and the "Moving Mamas," showcasing their commitment to robotics excellence.
CIS RoboGrizzlies won 3 awards from 8 categories!
Hardwork and Teamwork
In the three and a half months leading up to the competition, the RoboGrizzlies immersed themselves in comprehensive preparation, focusing on mastering robot design and acquiring programming techniques for sensor readings and motor output.
In the competition, each of their robot underwent meticulous testing to ensure it met the competition's stringent requirements and parameters. The teams, having successfully passed the inspection, devoted countless hours to practice, conducting numerous test runs and scrutinizing the results to fine-tune their designs and programs for optimal efficiency and accuracy.
The Robotics Skills event, a highlight of the competition, encompassed both single-driver and autonomous runs, with scores combined for an overall ranking. The RoboGrizzlies celebrated two top 10 finishes and set a positive tone for the team's overall performance.
Transitioning to the Teamwork event, teams were randomly paired, challenging them to strategize and collaborate within a one-minute timeframe to score as many points as possible. Both the "Laggers" and the "Cowboys" demonstrated exceptional teamwork, securing second and fourth place finishes in the finals.
Lastly, the "Laggers" received the "Amaze Award" for their consistent and outstanding performance across all events, a testament to their well-rounded abilities. Despite facing an unfortunate incident that temporarily halted one of their robots, the team showcased remarkable resilience by working tirelessly overnight to build a second competition-ready robot, which ultimately passed inspection and contributed to their respectable overall score.
The intense competition showcased the RoboGrizzlies' ability to thrive under pressure. We are so proud of you!
The RoboGrizzlies have two more competitions on the horizon: one in Macau on February 24 and the ACAMIS National Championships at CIS during May 3 - 5. The team's success has not only energized the current members but has also attracted an additional 10 students eager to join the robotics program for the second half of the season.