Dublin High School Hosts VEX Robotics Competition "Battle of the Bay"

Jan 13, 2018
Dublin High School
VEX Robotics Competition
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Competition practice arenas waiting for combatants.
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Teams from across the Bay Area compete with robotics projects to complete tasks.
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Dublin High School Engineering Academy teacher Adam Brown talks about the Robotics Competition
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On the fly troubleshooting and problem-solving is at the heart of a student robotics competition.
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Autonomous round quickly ends in a draw.
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Driver controlled round is up next.
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Terrific play by play by the student volunteer commentators.
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This event is being livestreamed at stream.dhsrobotics.com.
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The matches are non-stop / back-to-back alternating between two competition pits.
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Dublin High School Engineering Academy alum and UC Berkeley student Joshua Price is one of the two student commentators.
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The autonomous rounds - which are much shorter - demonstrate how much harder autonomous robotics is vs. driver-controlled. The number of cones captured is far less.
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Volunteer referees huddle on a ruling.
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Dublin High School Gael Force Robotics team members preparing to compete.
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For this year's challenge the goal is picking up and stacking cones with an autonomous bonus and driver-controlled round. One team managed to stack a wobbly but successful 12 cones - by far the most to-date in the competition.
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Numerous rules of engagement are enforced - for example pinning another robot for more than 5 seconds is not allowed.
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Matches involve two team alliances - red and blue - competing to stack cones on fixed towers in the middle of the field and a home area that requires positioning a base and then cones. Adding to the challenge is lifting the bases over a small barrier in the home areas.
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Autonomous mode match.
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Red team takes this driver controlled match 84-34.
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Student volunteers scramble between matches to reset the field. There are two competition pits so that matches can run continuously back-to-back.
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Scoring value varies by scoring zone - for example the"deep done" requires the robot to successfully get the cones over two barriers in the corner of the competition field. Each corner has deep, middle and shallow zones for scoring points.
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The robots on each team collaborate, optimized for different use cases. Some are designed to create high stacks of cones, others to position bases in the different zones.
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Dublin High School alum and tournament emcee Joshua Price talks about the rules and what it takes to win.
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The competition is breaking for lunch but continues all afternoon. The main event is being held in the Dublin High Center for Performing Arts and Education and is open to the public.
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