The two teams who won the teamwork champion award, Nakibots from New Plymouth and College Street Normal School Gearz. From left are Riley Pollard, Tara Stevens, Campbell Bassett and Ben Phillips.
Manawatū has some of the best young robot builders in the country, judging by their efforts at the New Zealand VEX IQ robotics schools championships.
Forty teams from across the country competed at the event at the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre on Saturday, where teams had to program, build and control robots, getting them to complete challenges.
Two teams from College Street Normal School, a team from Feilding Intermediate School and a team from Manchester Street School have all qualified to go to the world championships in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States next year.
Also going are two teams from New Plymouth-based club Nakibots.
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The Manchester Street team won the overall excellence award for elementary schools, while Feilding Intermediate won the middle school excellence award.
The excellence award is judged on the team’s performance during the day, including their notebook work and their skills challenge.
Nakibots were also named the robot skills champion for the team with the highest combined score from the day.
One of the Nakibots teams won the teamwork champion award along with College Street team CSNS Gearz, after they worked together to top the scoring in the final round.
The top 20 teams qualified for the final round and were paired together based on their rank. They had to work together and get their robots to move items across a board into certain places within a time limit.
Feilding Intermediate’s FIS Robo Squad won the design award.
The St Peter’s College team SPC Bots Callixtus won the amaze award and the STEM research project award.
The Cloverlea Girls team, from Palmerston North’s Cloverlea School, won the judges award.
Kingsway School, from Auckland, won the think award.
Onehunga High School team SymbiOHSis won the build award and the Toxic team from Waiheke Island won the create award.
There was one game every one minute and 40 seconds at the event, adding up to 190 games. There were also 150 skill matches.