Team Download Complete (Joseph Barradell, Noah Cassidy, Amaan Peerbhai and Daniel Shergold) travelled to Kentucky last week to take part in the VEX Robotics World Championships. The team competed in the High School Competition alongside 579 other teams from around the World and were placed in the Research Division made up of 98 teams. The students performed excellently, playing in a number of incredibly tough and close matches. They remained focussed, determined and professional throughout, not letting the early starts, long days and jet lag put them off. Their enthusiasm, teamwork and positive attitude was rewarded when they received the Inspire Award for their Division. The team were very proud with such a great achievement especially considering this was their first time attending the event competing against very experienced and much older teams. The team were also able to watch Old Olavian Sean Seeds compete in the final of his division in the VEX University Competition and be awarded the Think Award, a fantastic achievement and a truly inspiring experience for the team. The end of the competition saw the reveal of the upcoming years game and the team are already bursting with ideas and enthusiasm for the new challenge and are excited to get started.
The Inspire award is presented to a team that demonstrates outstanding leadership through actions with other teams. This team will be identified by their peers as a leader in innovative and creative design in the robotics community. The recipient team serves as an example to others and embraces the concept of cooperative learning. Cooperative learning will be based on inspiring other teams’ designs or openly sharing their design ideas with others.