Changes due to COVID-19 and school closures
The ACL VEX Robotics Club has had to make several modifications to its operations and club activities due to the closure of schools and the ongoing COVID-19 situation that will impact the new 2020 - 2021 season. Please keep in mind all changes listed here are subject to change based on the current situation of COVID-19.
Due to the overwhelming uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the 2020 - 2021 VEX Robotics EDR competition, the ACL VEX Robotics Club will be postponing its club fee until either competitions are confirmed, or until it has to administer a fee in order to cover mandatory/highly necessary expenses. Learn more about the club fee here.
Teams will start off the 2020 - 2021 season by using collaborative virtual designing of VEX robots with Autodesk® Fusion 360™. Fusion 360™ is a 3D CAD (Computer Automated Design) software widely used in engineering and industry design, and offers online parts libraries full of VEX V5 parts as well as online syncing of projects so teams can work collaboratively together. Fusion 360™ will be available to club members through its free student license program.
The club will guide teams and consistently provide additional resources and educational materials during virtual designing so all teams will be able to collaborate on designs to their full potential. Having virtual designing will help teams create full matured designs together while being physically apart, and will help them build a better robot once they finally can be physically together.
Club members will need to have either a personal or school computer capable of running Fusion 360™ effectively.
How will the club meet?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and newly released school guidelines, in-person club meetings are currently not possible. However, team members will still be involved in active participation through a virtual designing, online-collaboration coding, and a system of Remote Collaboration, which will involve frequent and pre-planned transportation of building materials between club members in order to maintain productivity and participation by all. Read more about our planned building schedule for teams here.
What equipment do you guys use?
All of our teams use the latest VEX V5 Competition Super Kits and use VEXcode to code. Our teams also get access to various additional parts, batteries, etc., which we purchase as necessary. Additionally, we may possibly plan to purchase a full competition field this year for the 2020 - 2021 VEX EDR Change Up competition, in order to better help our teams practice.
Do I need experience to join?
Nope! None at all! You do not need experience in coding, robotics, or anything else at all! We will teach it to you or learn it together! Just make sure to bring a willingness and dedication to learn, collaborate, and innovate.
Will there be competitions this year?
Currently, it is unsure whether or not there will be in-person competitions this year. However, it is guaranteed that should be a variety of virtual challenges, such as coding challenges or virtual robot demonstrations, and we are hopeful that there will also be competitions in some form.