2016 CIE/USA-DFW VEX Robotics Tournament – Nothing But Net Challenge

2015 CIE/USA-DFW VEX Robotics Tournament – Skyrise Challenge

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CIE/USA-DFW will be hosting our second annual VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)!  Last year, CIE/USA-DFW successfully hosted the Skyrise VRC regional level competition at Rice Middle School, receiving positive feedback from all participating teams and volunteers. This year we aim to have even more participating teams as we prepare to host the Nothing But Net Challenge (regional level) on February 13th, 2016.   The competition will be located at Schimelpfenig Middle School, with 24 teams participating.

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 12,000 teams from 33 countries playing in over 1,000 tournaments worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches. In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

This year, teams will be competing in the Nothing But Net Challenge.  Nothing But Net is played on a 12 foot by 12 foot field by two alliances: one red and one blue.  An alliance consists of two randomly paired teams during qualifying rounds or selected teams during the elimination round.  The objective of the game is to score more points than your opposing alliance by making baskets of normal balls in low (1 point) or high (5 points).  In addition to normal balls, teams have the ability to pick up bonus balls that are worth twice as many points, 2 and 10 respectively, for low and high goals.  At the end of the match, teams also can score additional points by lifting their alliance member’s robot off the ground using their own robot!  For a low elevated robot (one 4 inches of the ground), teams will get an additional 25 points.  But if they are able to raise their team member’s robot 12 inches off the ground, they will score an additional 50 points.  The below diagram shows the layout of the field, with the red and blue squares signifying the starting points for the robots:

The tournament hosted by CIE/USA-DFW is one of many local tournaments in the metroplex.  These tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels.  Local champions go on to compete against the best teams in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

Important Level of Competition Dates:

  • Dallas Regional Tournament: 16 teams minimum required in attendance.  .
  • North Texas Regional Championship: February 27th, 2016 at Greenville High School (Qualifies teams for worlds)
  • World Championship: April 20th through April 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky.  The world championship will feature 1,000 teams from cities all over the world!

Event Schedule

7:30 AM Open doors to teams / begin check-in/inspection
8:00 AM Open Programming/Skills Challenge
9:00 AM Close Out the check-in / registration process with all teams in house
9:30 AM Close robot inspections
10:00 AM Close Programming/Skills Challenge
10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
10:15 AM Qualification Rounds
12:15 PM LUNCH/SKILLS (visit our concession stand)
1:00 PM Continue Qualification Rounds
3:00 PM Finish Qualification Rounds
3:00 PM Alliance Selections
3:30 PM Elimination Round
4:30 PM Complete Elimination Rounds
5:00 PM Awards Ceremony

2015 Photos

Awards are given out to teams striving four categories: excellence, tournament champions, sportsmanship, Judges award, and design. Here, members of the CIE/USA-DFW executive leadership team stand with award winning teams!

Two alliances attempt to stack cubes in the Skyrise VRC competition at Rice Middle School in 2015.

Chief Judge

Ms. Yin Yang is a highly experienced robotics coach and judge. She served as a VEX World Championship Judge for college-level and high school divisions from 2009 to 2015, a Lead Judge for Regional VEX tournament in 2013, and our Lead Judge in 2015. She was also Assistant Coach for VEX Team 9090 T-VEX from 2010 to 2012.

Useful Links:

VEX Robotics Education: (http://www.roboticseducation.org/ )
VEX Robotics: http://www.vexrobotics.com/


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