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VEX Robotics Island Championships

February 3, 2014

The stage was set.  Well, in this case it was the gymnasium at Highland Secondary which seamlessly transformed from a last block on Friday P.E. class into a space ready to receive VEX Robotics competitors from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland competing in the VEX Robotics Island Championships!

With many hands making “light” work, the competitors arrived to tables and chairs awaiting their team, a practice court assembled with game pieces in place, a driving/programming challenge court poised for the best to showcase their abilities and two main competition courts that sat ominously, primed for the melee that was to take place within their walls come dawn.

Navigate’s VEX Robotics teams had been working tirelessly in the weeks and months leading up to the competition and had their robots built, operating and ready to compete.  The teams consisted of: Amanda, Alex, Sean, and Darien (7842A), Andrew and Lana (7842B), Jeremy, David and Andy (7842C), and Mitchell (7842D).

As most people know, events of this nature do not take place without great support from our community.  Navigate was well represented beyond the competition stage as well, with Stew Savard as the coach and head referee, Nick Ward (Navigate parent) and Jim Thornton (Navigate parent) worked as courtside referees, a team of ENTER-ites consisting of Jonah Mayer, Eric Lucas, Ezra Hawkins, Steven Smith, Jacob Thornton, Jackson Robertson, Andrew Nettleton, Jacob Walter, Isaac McClelland, and Aiden Roscoe resetting the courts between matches, and Kemp Currie maintaining “the magic” that allowed all of the gizmos and gadgets (technical term) to communicate ‘seamlessly’ (there’s always something that goes sideways).

The day was full of smiles even though the competitors were clearly under pressure.  The smiles grew even larger when in the semifinal Mitchell and his alliance defeated their opposition putting themselves through to the final round and achieving a berth to the VEX Robotics Provincial Competition at Gladstone Secondary in Vancouver. 

Mitchell’s alliance won in the finals.  Teams 7842D, 7842B and 7842C secured berths for Navigate Robotics to send in the Provincial Qualifier (where 10 teams will earn sports in the Worlds – in Anaheim California).  Team 7842D won Navigate’s first robotics related hardware!  The trophy will, of course, be on display for our Navigate Community to rally around and inspire the amazing youth at our school.

Congratulations and greatest thanks to all involved!

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