The wait is over! I’d like to officially announce the Vex activities coming up this fall in Milwaukee.
This years league and tournament will both use the same game, and that game is currently under development. Several students from MSOE, including myself, are designing this game, which promises to be like nothing you’ve seen before. Please note that this is completely seperate from and unafilliated with the FIRST Vex Challenge.
The schedule is as follows:
September 16th, 2006 – Kickoff Event at Discovery World Museum (Tentative) and online documentation release
September 26th, 2006 through November 14th, 2006 – The Milwaukee Vex League
December 3, 2006** – WIRED Vex Challenge at MSOE’s Kern Center
The Milwaukee Vex League:
The Milwaukee Vex League (MVL) is a 9 week program that starts with the release of the Challenge on September 16th. Each Tuesday, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, teams will have the opportunity to meet and compete with their robot against other teams. Each league night will also include a workshop on topics related to the FIRST Robotics Challenge. These topics may include: safety, chassis/drive train, materials and machining, CAD design, 3D Studio Max, DC Motors, electrical systems, programming and AutoFlex, competition scouting strategies, and pneumatics. League locations are still being worked out and details will be forthcoming.
Teams are welcome to participate in any portion of the league night. Vex teams do not need to be affiliated with FIRST Robotics Challenge teams. Although we encourage active participation, we realize that it may not be possible for teams to attend every league night. Although competitions will be scored and awards presented, the emphasis for the league is on improving robot design, learning from each other, and having fun! The Milwaukee Vex League will culminate with the 2006 WIRED Vex Challenge.
2006 WIRED Vex Challenge:
The 2006 WIRED Vex Challenge tournament competition using the Vex Robotics Design System. High school teams design and build robots to compete in the head-to-head competition. This competition is is open to any team of high school aged students. Participation in the Milwaukee Vex League is not mandatory for participation in this competition.
Registration for the Milwaukee Vex League is $75.00 per robot
This includes the registration fee for the 2006 WIRED Vex Challenge
Registration for the 2006 WIRED Vex Challenge is $50.00 per robot
The primary purpose of the league and tournament is to bring rookie FRC teams and new members of existing FRC teams up to speed before kickoff in January. The workshops cover most of the common areas and a few more specialized ones as well. The league and tournament also give groups that cannot afford FRC or even the FVC at this point a chance to compete and learn just like the rest of us. The league and tournament are open to anyone, not just Milwaukee or Wisconsin groups. I want to see some Michigan teams here in December! We had 21 teams last year and we expect to double that number for the tournament this year.
More details about the league, tournament, and registration will be available later in the summer, but before kickoff. Stay tuned to wirobotics.org for updates, as well as this thread. If you have any questions, you can contact myself (Co-Chair) via PM or email (kevin <dot> kolodziej <at> gmail <dot> com), Eric Brunsell (WIRED) (eric <at> spaceed <dot> org), or Mike Wittman (Co-Chair) (Wittman <at> execpc <dot> com).
*WIRED = Wisconsin Institute for Robotics in Education, not the magazine.