October 23, 2017

VEX U Championship Results

Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship

The UAT Robotics Team (The G33K Squad) competed in its second Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship on Saturday, March 5, coinciding with the commencement of Spring Break at UAT.

Five dedicated UAT Robotics students who took the VEX Competition class during the fall semester, formed the core team, built the robots and competed in the VEX U event. The team consisted of Daniel Carpenter, Garrett Tidd, Alexander Gregory, Daniel Molnar and David Hendrix.

At the competition:

Despite a rough beginning due to problems during robot inspection, as well as missing two of our six matches due to reasons beyond our control, The G33K Squad provided a strong showing with the third highest points overall in the preliminary matches (despite not having scored points for two matches).

This was a monumental accomplishment showcasing the hard work, dedication, determination and downright will to win from The G33k Squad.


Because the competition was held over Spring Break, students already knew their grades, yet went above and beyond what was necessary to put in countless hours of hard work designing an impressively accurate shooting robot nicknamed “Sharp Shooter.”

The overall concept of the game was to construct robots that can shoot 5-inch foam nerf-like balls into large netted targets on opposite ends of a 15 x 15 square foot field.

VEX U Championship balls

VEX U Championship balls

Each match was 1 minute and 45 seconds in length. During the last 30 seconds of the competition, there was an opportunity to score extra points and The G33K Squad gave it a shot! If one of the two team robots could successfully lift the other robot into the air, an additional 50 points is scored. Each ball that landed in the high basket is worth 5 points – so one single successful lift is equivalent to 10 baskets.

The G33K Squad, coached by UAT Robotics Professor Mark Fedasiuk, developed a game winning strategy to make one static robot without wheels that never moved during the match. The robot was designed to shoot VEX balls with near perfect accuracy and repeatability. It was also able to sink about 95 percent of its shots from crosscourt at more than one shot per second.

It turned out that The G33K Squad’s strategy was highly successful and yielded results far beyond expectations. In one match we scored 138 points out of the maximum of 148, only missing two balls and successfully accomplishing the lift.

“Much was learned at this competition,” said Professor Fedasiuk. “We will use our new found knowledge in developing our strategy for next year. Our sights are set to win the finals and advance to the world championship.”

Rest assured the G33K Squad is anxiously awaiting their next competition in 2017.

Congrats to the G33K Squad!

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