VEX Robotics Competition
VEX robotics is a year-long, global robotics competition which challenges students from all across the globe to create a functioning robot to complete a specific game-like challenge. VEX robots are small, but require complex thinking and execution to create a competitive bot. At Peachtree Ridge, we participate in VEX because it serves as a great platform to teach invaluable life lessons, such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and time management. A new VEX game is released each April, however, we do not build the robots until August, allowing rising Freshman to get involved in the process. That being said, it is a great way to involve students who have never built a robot before, allowing them to get up close and personal to the robots they design and build. Each VEX team is broken down into 5-7 members, allowing each student to be greatly involved. In November, we host a competition for our sub teams, as well as around 50 others, from nearly 15 schools around Georgia, with the goal of winning and qualifying for the state championship.
Format: Game Year + Game Title
- 2009 Clean Sweep
- 2010 Round Up
- 2011 Gateway
- 2012 Sack Attack
- 2013 Toss Up
- 2014 Skyrise
- 2015 Nothing but Net
- 2016 Starstruck
Preparing to Host the VEX Qualifier: Robots at the Ridge
Well Before the event
- Register to host an event and Register our teams!
- Order the Field and Game Elements
- All should be ordered before November
- Ask GSMST (Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology) for Extra Field and Game Elements for a Practice Field
- Have GSMST bring it in the week of Qualifier
- Talk to team mom/food and meal planner about lunch plans team mentor/teacher sponsor can contact her)
- Send out Lunch menu to all the Teams that have Registered
- Contact Gwinnett Daily Post reporter about interviewing us and have our event in the paper.
- Have the VEX qualifier be in the Newsletter and on social media.
- Make a sign up for student volunteering (Field reset, and Queuing) to Beta, NHS, SNHS
- Make sure you have a lot of Volunteers for all the Shifts
- Look for someone to sing the National Anthem
- Reach out to Alumni
- Plan a date for the parent meeting.
- Send out an email with all the info needed about the event, and about setup on Friday.
- Make a presentation
- Have a Referee meeting taught by Mr. Glaser
- Have a Judges meeting
- Teach volunteers how to do inspection
- Remind team to stay after school to help set up on Friday and to bring money for lunch on Qualifier.
- Get the trophy plates to Max Plaques to get engraved
- Registration bags need to be done(with inspection sheet, lunch forms and buttons)
- Team signs (cardstock) for pits need to be done
- Make Driver buttons
- Get a Pit Map made before Friday
- Have music for the Event
- Have things laid out for setup before Friday
Day Before: Friday Night Set-up
- Bring all the Field equipment(s) to the commons
- Field Perimeter x2
- Game Elements
- Field Elements
- SPIRE TV(s)
- FRC Robot(s)
- TV for FRC robot reveal
- Have tables set up
- Work on the hospitality room
- Put the Team signs on all the table
- Same people help set up audience chairs(chairs from the commons)
- 50 chairs 5 x 10 section
- Have a few people gather all the carpets from all around the school, and MAKE SURE that they are all labeled for where they need to be returned to.
- Setup the Fields and place all the tiles
- Stanchions(dividers used for lunch lines)- set-up and returned correctly (have a map)
- (2) people Friday and Saturday placement and return.
- Bring down our VEX equipment after all is done
- (batteries and battery chargers, Our vex supplies and maybe black tool chest)
- Charge all of the programming laptops
- Wish us luck :)