Pelton Piranhas 2023-2024
On Monday 15th January 2024, our Year 5 and 6 robotics after-school club team, ‘Pelton Piranhas’ had an incredible day at Nissan competing in the VEX IQ Regional Competition ‘Full Volume’. Since September, the team have been working hard in their after-school club to design, modify, code and drive their robot.
At the competition, our children came second place (out of 20 North East schools) for driving and coding skills, with an impressive 53 points. The team then went on to play in the teamwork challenge part of the competition. They played 5 matches with other teams, trying to score as many points as possible! They ranked 5th place at the end of the teamwork matches. Then during the final matches, Pelton Piranhas were scheduled to play with Newbottle Primary School. Whilst the other matches were underway, drivers from both schools worked hard practising and creating a strategy. Their dedication paid off, as they scored an impressive 71 points in their final match, the highest score! This meant that they were first place…the teamwork challenge champions! Coming first place in the teamwork challenge has qualified the team for the UK National Championships in Telford in March.
To add to their successes, during the awards ceremony, the Pelton Piranhas were awarded with the award for ‘Excellence’. ‘The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program.’ This award is based on the robot’s overall performance and from children’s discussions with the judges.
We are so incredibly proud of the team and all that they have achieved so far. Please wish us luck for the national competition!
Pelton Piranhas 2022-2023
Sightseeing around Dallas
VEX World Championships in Dallas
VEX IQ WORLDS
Day 3 Round-Up
Teamwork Challenge Matches – our top scores of the competition!
VEX IQ WORLDS
Day 2 Round-Up
VEX IQ WORLDS
Day 1 Round-Up
Press and Fundraising
Our Year 5/6 VEX IQ Team had a fantastic time at the National Championships in Telford this Sunday and Monday where 18 qualifying primary school teams from across the country met for the UK finals. Over the two days, the team played in 11 teamwork challenge matches, gaining an average score of 70 points. This score ensured the team a place in the second off last match in the final elimination round. In this final round, working collaboratively with another team, we scored 75 points which gained us the “2nd Place Teamwork Challenge Award”. Receiving this award and being ranked 4th in the UK has meant that we have qualified for and been invited to the VEX IQ World Championships in Dallas in May 2023. We are super excited and currently in the planning stages for this trip. Another section of the competition are the Skills Challenges where we work on our own to score as many points as we can. For driver skills we earned 49 points and through coding the robot alone we scored 27 points. Totalling 76 points, this ranked us in 10th place.