January 2017

For January and March 2017, our game challenge theme is Recycling.

Recycling is played on an 8 feet by 8 feet vex robotics competition play field.  Recycling is played with one robot at a time competing for the highest score possible.

Please refer to the section “The Game” for specific game details and restrictions (Link).

There will be 30 pop cans used for each match.

There are 3 ways to score in this game:

First score directly with a pop can in a score zone.

There are 4 scoring zones each with a different value of scores

  • The first score zone: the floor goal – each pop can in this score zone is worth 1 point
  • The second score zone: the land fill – each pop can in this score zone is worth 2 points
  • The third score zone: the dumpster – each pop can in this score zone is worth 3 points
  • The fourth score zone: the table top – each pop can in this score zone is worth 4 points

The second method to scoring: Stacking cans

The stack must be free standing and unassisted in order to be qualify for scoring.
There are two locations where stacking cans will be counted: the floor goal, and the table top.  Only the tallest stack will be counted.

  • Two cans stacked – 5 points
  • Three cans stacked – 10 points
  • Four cans stacked – 20 points
  • Five cans stacked – 40 points

The third method to scoring: Holding the Can

Points will be awarded to the Robot holding the game object above the foam tiles.
The referee will measure the held game object at the end of the match.   For every inch off the foam tile (between the foam tile and the bottom of the game object) is worth 1 additional point.  In order for this option to be counted, the robot must be touching the foam tile and not touching any other game elements and/or game structure (this will include the perimeter wall).

There will be two colour foam tiles for this game.


  • The robot will start at a colour foam tile.
  • The game elements may be placed in the other colour foam tile via the use of the ‘holding bracket’.  The bracket will be removed before the start of the match.

Floor Goal


Land Fill







Table Top


Table Top Height 12.5″

Table top Size: 12″ x 12″


Game Elements Arrangements



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VSB-Robotics Competition – Jan Email Update

Hello Everyone,

This month’s game information is now available at the competition website: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/

I have received a number of replies from schools and organizations indicating their team(s) would not be able to compete by this Friday, but would/should be ready for the February game date.  Therefore, the game for January (Recycling) will be repeated for February.  The March date will be moved to April to accommodate Spring Break for various schools and organization.

I have attached a robotics event calendar to the website to keep all the events posted.

Please have a look at game launch video: https://youtu.be/wP-vRRiUS1o

I look forward to seeing many teams out in our near future.

Thank you for being part of this process.


Brian Yu
Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver
Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926
Text Message (778) 990-3623

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VSB-Robotics Competition

Hello Everyone,

I like to introduce you to a new robotics competition program based out of Eric Hamber Secondary School: VSB Robotics Competition.  Please have a look at the following website: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/

This is not a platform specific competition (VEX-EDR, VEX-IQ, LEGO).  There are no awards given.  We play to better ourselves.  Each event is limited to 5 robots per school or organization (to avoid overcrowding).  There will be an entry fee required: $20.00 for the first robot and $5.00 for each subsequent robot up to 5 per school/organization per event.  An event will take place every 4 to 6 weeks (depending on school holidays).  All events will take place Friday evenings at Eric Hamber Secondary School.  If you would like to host an event on Saturday, we can move the event to your school/organization.  As a “Thank You’, all your robot(s) will get to play for free.

Each event will have different game requirements, different game elements and objects.  This is to keep the game interesting and the robots competitive.  The game objects will be announced 4 to 6 weeks before the event.  The game elements and exact game details will be announced 4 to 6 days before the event.  The website announcements will most likely include a short video to help with the explanations.

For January 2017, the game challenge theme is: Recycling

Game objects: https://vsbroboticscompetition.com/january-2017/

More details to be released on: Monday – January 17th, 2017

Event Date: Friday January 20th, 2017

Hint (start building now):

Your Robot should be able to:

  • drive across the field
  • pick up the pop cans
  • lift the pop cans
  • push the pop cans


I am in need of your help, please respond to my message by hitting ‘Reply’, I like to know:

  1. If your school/organization is interested in participating?
  2. Can I list your school/organization as a participant in the website?
  3. If we were to offer a prize for Creative and Innovative Design, would your team(s) be interested in participating?  Your team will submit a 1 to 3 minutes cellphone video to be presented to the judges at the event. Should we give a prize for the Creative and Innovative Design?  I am currently considering $20 gift certificate from iDesign.

Our first event is scheduled for: Friday January 20th, 2017

Please keep in mind, this should be in no way prevent your robot teams from participating in other robotics competition(s), such as VEX-Robotics Competitions and/or FIRST Robotics Competition.  I am doing my best to schedule events around VEX competition dates.  This robotics competition will continue on until the end of May and will start again in September.  Event dates will most likely be the last Friday of the month.

FLOWOL – Programming Software

FLOWOL is a software that can be used to program/operate VEX robots (EDR and IQ) in semi and full autonomous modes.  For those that have requested it, I have finished uploading tutorials to my jr. robotics website.  VEX-EDR examples will be up by the end of spring break.

FLOWOL – Programming Tutorials: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-programming-tutorials/

FLOWOL – Interfacing The IQ Robot: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-interfacing-the-iq-robot/

FLOWOL – Program the VEX-IQ robot: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-program-the-vex-iq-robot/

FLOWOL – VEX-IQ Sensors Tutorials: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/flowol-sensors-tutorials/

Sample Classroom Activities:

Simple Classroom Challenges – Introduction to Programming: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/simple-classroom-challenges-introduction-to-programming/

Complex Classroom Challenges – Application of Programming: https://vsbrobotics.wordpress.com/complex-classroom-challenges-application-of-programming/

FLOWOL is now at half price for all BC schools.  Please contact RobotMesh (re-seller) directly for details.  For those in Vancouver, please contact me (if you haven’t already) for our group purchase discount.  We should be receiving the software in January (via purchasing).

That’s it for now.  If you wish to be remove from this email list, please reply to this message with “Please Remove”, and I will discontinue from sending you further information regarding robotics.

If you have any suggestions and/or comments, please feel free to direct them my way via email.  The idea for this independent competition is the brain child of Peter Halim.


Brian Yu

Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver
Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926
Text Message (778) 990-3623


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