5 Awards in one day

Awards Vexrobotics

This last weekend was filled with activities and accomplishments for Rolling Robots' Middle School and Elementary School teams; we participated in events at 3 different locations (spanning from Palos Verdes to Woodland Hills) and the teams took home 5 separate Awards!

At the Miraleste TESI Middle School Tournament we had 5 teams participating with 4 in the top ten and they all made it to the final Elimination Rounds. 7700B from Rolling Hills Estates was ranked 1st and 7700A from Glendale was 3rd.


7700B from Rolling Hills Estates also won the Excellence Award. This is the Highest Award at any VEX tournament. This is the second time this season that they have won Excellence; I guess you could say they make an 'Excellent' team! This Award qualifies them for the State Championship to be held in Pomona on March 9th and 10th.

Vex IQ 7700H

Our Elementary School kids participated in the VEX IQ Tournament at El Camino College. We had 5 teams there as well. We had 7700G from Glendale finish 3rd, and 7700H from Holliston Dream Tree Center and 7700P from Palos Verdes formed an alliance to finish 4th. Out of 34 teams competing Rolling Robots had 3rd, 4th, 11th, 12th, and 14th rankings. And team 7700J won the Judges Award, which the tournament judges give to a team they feel deserved special recognition.

Over the day we won 4 Judges Awards. At TESI 7700X our all-girl team won the Award and so did our newest team of homeschool students, 7700Y.

Judges Award at Vex Robotics TESI

At the Oak Park Super Saturday Tournament we had team 7700C and 7700N from West LA participating. 7700N ranked 3rd and 7700C 5th.

Vex robotics team 7700C

In the elimination rounds 7700N made it all the way to the finals. They would not give up in the finals and made it go to 4 matches ending in 1 win, 1 tie, and 2 losses... so close! Although they did not win they had a good enough showing that they were given the Judges Award.
7700N Judges Award Vex

The VEX IQ Workshop combines robot building and robot coding. Students will learn about the basic principles of mechanical design, including structure, motors, gears, and more, that they will need in order to build a competition robot. Then students will use the ModKit programming environment to program the robot for self driving tasks and radio controlled operation.

VexIQ Competition Robot

The Vex IQ system is a snap-together plastic building kit that provides great structural strength but also allows for quick changes of design for creativity's sake.

Graphical Programming VEX IQ

The coding for VEXIQ software is done with ModKit, a graphical language (it uses a Graphical User Interface, or GUI, to help students assemble code quickly without having to know the details of procedural programming). The graphical nature makes it easy for even the youngest students to get started learning the basics of programming the code that makes a robot execute commands.

Programming with ModKit

Moreover, behind the scenes the graphical interface is generating real robotics code in higher level programming languages, so while using the GUI the students are also learning about the structure and logic behind software coding that can easily transfer to other languages such as Robot C.

The workshop includes building, coding, and a competitive challenge. After completing this workshop students are eligible to apply to become a member of our VEX IQ competition team.

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Hancock Park VexIQ

The intro to electronics workshop is suitable for students aged 6+, and no prior experience is required. This beginner level course will show students the basics of circuits and teach them to create complex LED circuits with littlebits. If your roboteer is an intermediate student already familiar with circuits, they will learn what an integrated circuit is and how they are used as building block for more advanced circuits. The advanced students in the class will delve into the mechanics of next level, embedded electronics where the circuit actions are implemented in software. Every student will build a lighted Christmas tree circuit project they get to take home with them! Advanced students can also purchase an Arduino micro-controller from us if they wish to take the ability to control their Christmas tree with software home with them as well.

Some of the components and tools we will use are:

  • Batteries
  • Switches
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • 555 and 4017 IC
  • littleBits
  • Arduino

All students will learn to make a basic circuit and read a circuit diagram. Using your basic circuit as a base, we will then learn about insulators, conductors, and electric current.

LED circuit
LED breadboard circuit

Our beginner students will use littleBits to complete a variety of circuit based projects.

Students will also learn about integrated circuits and how we use them as building blocks of electronics. Most students will be able to find their way around a circuit diagram of this level:


The student take-home project will be to build an LED blinker circuit to make a Christmas Tree or other festive display.

For the more advanced students we will have a project on embedded electronics using an Arduino microcontroller. Students will write and modify code to make the microcontroller execute several different circuit functions.

To sign up for our Intro to Electronics Winter Camp, please click the button of the location where you want to take the camp:

Glendale Palos Verdes West LA