22 May

Trinity Dragons Robotics Club Summary, 2016/2017 Season

Inspiring the Engineers of Tomorrow:

 

VEX Robotics Team 6430, The Trinity Dragons of Lutz, FL, closed out their 2016/2017 season in spectacular fashion with excellent performances at the VEX World Competition in Louisville, KY, April 19-26. The team is sponsored by Occam Technology Group, Pharmaworks, and Broten Garage Doors and coached/mentored by Occam Technology Group.

Throughout the year 16,000 teams from 37 nations compete in local, regional, and state events, vying for one of the 1400 invitations to the VEX World Competition finals. In the VEX VRC high school division, Trinity teams 6430A and 6430B were blessed to win FL State Tournament Champions, FL State Tournament Finalists, FL State Robot Skills, and FL State Excellence awards securing invitations for both of their robots to the World finale for the fourth consecutive season.

A new addition this season, team 6430V, competed in the high school division throughout the year and received an invitation to the World tournament as well through their excellent scores in robot skills. VEX IQ elementary school division team 6430X was blessed to win FL State Tournament Champions, FL State Robot Skills, and FL State STEM Champions earning an invitation to the World event for their second consecutive season.

 World Event

At World’s, team 6430A went undefeated during the qualification round, placing them first in their Research division, the top alliance captain for the elimination round, and one of the top six high school teams in the world at the event after qualifiers. They then picked an alliance of team 400X (Galveston, Texas) and 8086A (Glenn Allen, Virginia) which competed through the elimination matches. With solid wins in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, they were eventually defeated in the division finals. It was an excellent showing for the team and they finished with an event record of 12-1.

As well, team 6430A succeeded in attaining one of the top ten skills scores for the overall tournament and was invited to compete in the skills championship playoff, finishing eighth in the world for their driver and programming skills.

Team 6430B placed in the top 30 of their division during the qualification round. They were then picked as an alliance of team 10300 (Carrolton, Georgia) and 97917A (Sichuan, China) competing through the elimination matches with a defeat in the quarter-finals. Overall, it was an excellent showing for the team as they finished with a record of 6-4 in their division.

It was an inaugural World VRC event for team 6430V. The team had the opportunity to compete and make friends with teams from numerous countries and learned valuable lessons in preparation for the following season.

Elementary school team 6430X attended the Vex World IQ event for the second consecutive year. They overcame many challenges to finish the event in the top 30 of their division. An excellent effort from the team. As well, the team were finalists in the, “Girl Powered: In Her Words Storybook Challenge” and took third place worldwide for their submission of the “TI Electronics Online Challenge”. For this portion of the competition the team disassembled a disposable insulin pump and explained it’s function in detail giving them an in depth understanding of the electronics and mechanics involved, as well as, the difficulties associated with diabetes.

 Season Results

The 6430 high school teams went undefeated as tournament champions throughout the regular season and had an exciting year of growth with the following results:

  • RECF Worldwide VEX Robotics Competition Promote Award – Finalist
  • VEX World Championship Top Ten Skills Playoff Competitor
  • VEX World Championship Research Division First Seed Alliance Captain
  • VEX World Championship Research Division – Finalist Award
  • VEX World Championship Research Division – Teamwork Award
  • VEX World Championship Science Division – Quarter-Finalist
  • VEX FL State High School Championship – Excellence Award
  • VEX FL State High School Championship – Tournament Champion
  • VEX FL State High School Championship – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX FL State High School Championship – Finalist
  • VEX Lake Sumter State Qualifier – Excellence Award
  • VEX Lake Sumter State Qualifier – Tournament Champions
  • VEX Lake Sumter State Qualifier – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Orange County Starstruck Challenge – Excellence Award
  • VEX Orange County Starstruck Challenge – Tournament Champion
  • VEX Orange County Starstruck Challenge – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Alachua County District Tournament – Excellence Award
  • VEX Alachua County District Tournament – Tournament Champions
  • VEX Alachua County District Tournament – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Alachua County District Tournament – Design Award
  • VEX Central Florida Starstruck – Tournament Champion
  • VEX Central Florida Starstruck – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Rumble on the Ridge – Tournament Champion
  • VEX Rumble on the Ridge – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Starstruck Terrier Throwdown – Excellence Award
  • VEX Starstruck Terrier Throwdown – Tournament Champion
  • VEX Starstruck Terrier Throwdown – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Greater Tampa League – Tournament Champion
  • VEX Greater Tampa League – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX Greater Tampa League – Design Award

Team 6430X had a wonderful final year in the elementary school division with the following results:

  • RECF Worldwide TI Electronics Online Challenge – Third Place
  • RECF Worldwide Girl Powered: In Her Words Storybook Challenge – Finalist
  • VEX IQ World Championship Participant, Math Division
  • VEX IQ FL State Elementary Championship – Teamwork Champion
  • VEX IQ FL State Elementary Championship – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX IQ FL State Elementary Championship – STEM Research Project Award
  • VEX IQ Lake Sumter State Qualifier – Teamwork Champion
  • VEX IQ Lake Sumter State Qualifier – Robot Skills Champion
  • VEX IQ Lake Sumter State Qualifier – STEM Research Project Award
  • VEX IQ Tampa Bay Regional State Qualifier – Elementary Excellence Award
  • VEX IQ Tampa Bay Regional State Qualifier – Design Award
  • VEX IQ Tampa Bay Regional State Qualifier – STEM Research Project Award
  • VEX IQ Central Florida Crossover – Elementary Excellence Award
  • VEX IQ Central Florida Crossover – STEM Research Project Award
  • VEX IQ Rumble on the Ridge – Teamwork Champion
  • VEX IQ Rumble on the Ridge – Robot Skills Champion
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