Vex Robotics World Championships – Day 4

The morning of day 4 ended after two losses. The team was naturally disappointed with their resulting standing of 59 out of 100 while going into the alliance selection.


Although they did not rank high enough (nor were they selected for an alliance) for the final tournament, there was a silver lining. The team was recognized for their overall performance by recieving the Judges Award:

The Judges Award goes to a team the judges decide is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, and team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fall under existing awards – but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.



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Vex Robotics World Championship – Day 3

Day three resulted in a 3 wins and 3 losses, placing them in the 25th seat for a short period of time. Unfortunately, by the end of the day, they were back down in the 40-50s. Still, it was a good day considering that who you are teamed with is simply the luck of the draw.


The end of the day involved the “big reveal” of next year’s Vex Challenge. Vex does a good job of hyping the event:

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Vex Robotics World Championships – Day 2

First day of the qualifying matches. All teams are randomly put paired up in these matches.

The first match of the day went Firestone’s (7316E’s) way:

Later in the day were the opening ceremonies where 31 countries entered the auditorium where the finals are held. One of the most memorable was the entry of the Syrian team made up of refugees.

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Vex Robotics World Championship – Day 1

Road to Worlds – Day 1  

Firestone Robotics Team 7316E is competing at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Louisville, KY. April 20–23


Stop at the Oasis in Ashland for a quick breakfast:

Arrived at the Louisville, KY Convention Center around 2:00 p.m.


Getting in a little practice.


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Day 1: Travel to Edinburgh

I’m not exactly sure how I did it, but I booked the my trip to Edinburgh with three connection (pretty sure it was to save YSU some money). So today I get to travel from Akron to Chicago; Chicago to Toronto; Toronto to Edingurgh.

I got to start my trip old school-no walkway, 6′ cabin height, and three seats per row. The only things missing were a couple of propeller props on the plane.

Embrace RJ135

The puddle jumper to Chicago


Plane interior

Spacious interior


 After a brief stop in at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, it was off to Pearson in Toronto for another short layover. It has been years since I have been to Canada, and to Tim Hortons. Unfortunately they were so busy I wasn’t able to get some of the strangely addicting coffee (I’ll try again on my return trip).


Incredibly long line at Tim’s


And a mere 6 sleepless hours later…


Arriving in Edinburg

 Heading to the campus.

Street view

Streets leading to the campus


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2015 Society for Applied Philosophy – Edinburgh, Scotland

Looking forward to the SAP annual conference in Edinburgh.   


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Internet Provision and Common Carrier Designation

Regardless of what the FCC ultimately does, President Obama’s (and the the tech industry’s) stance on this issue will be viewed as having been on the right side of history.

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