Congrats to some Gladstone Grads

On January 15-19th at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, 12 University teams competed in the Western Engineering Competition.  In the Senior Design Challenge UBC and SFU placed 1st and 3rd.

The UBC team had four students and three of them were Gladstone graduates, Devin Luu, Alex Jew and Kelvin Tam. These former students are all in 4th year mechanical Engineering (they are all in co-op programs too).westernenglogo
The SFU team had one Gladstone student in this senior design challenge and he was the only first year student on the team.  Simon Zhong was on the third place team.
The first placed team from UBC will advance to the Canadian Engineering Championships.  Those students were also part of the first Gladstone team that represented us at the VEX robotics World Champions.

Robosavages @ Lake Washington VRC Tournament


The Robosavages sent three teams down to Lake Washington to compete. Exothermic Robotics 10Q picked 2K and became the eventual tournament winners alongside 917B. 2D and 2Z both made the playoffs with Team 1492 W.A.S.A.B.I. Robotics, falling short in the semifinals.

2K also came home with the Excellence Award and two top skills awards.

Great effort from all three teams. See you all soon at the BC Provincials!

BC Christmas Qualifier @ University Hill Secondary School

Gladstone Robosavages strike it big at the BC Christmas qualifier.2X – Excellence, Tournament Champions, Robot Skills (79 pts – 7th in the world)

2N – Design, Tournament Finalists, Programming Skills ( 49 pts – 9th in the world)

2M – Tournament Finalists, Build Award

2W, 2T – Tournament Champions

2A – Tournament Finalists

Shoutout to 2B, 2C, 2F, 2G, 2J, 2R, 2S, 2U, 2V, 2Y with almost all of them making the playoffs! Thank you to our teachers Mr. Ablett, Mr. Wallace, our parents, the volunteers and everyone that competed alongside us.


BC Christmas Qualifer at University Hill High School at UBC

Our next tournament is at University Hill High School on Saturday Dec 7th and we are taking 15 teams!  There are 62 teams currently registered so it will be a big tournament again.

The tournament is called the British Columbia Christmas Qualifier (or BCCQ).


British Columbia Christmas Qualifier
Venue: University Hill Secondary School
Address: 3228 Ross Drive E. Mall
City: UEL – Vancouver
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Zip/Postal Code: V6S 0C6

The Event will start at

Friday, December 6th, 2013 (this is optional )
Technical inspections & Practice fields open 6pm – 8pm

Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Doors open at 7:30 am

Technical inspections & Practice fields open: 7:45am – 9:30am
Qualification Rounds: 10am – 3pm
Elimination Rounds: approx. 3:30 – 5:00pm
Awards: 5pm

BC Fall Qualifier Results!


Thirteen Gladstone Robosavages teams attended the BC Fall Qualifier at McMath Secondary today in Richmond. We continued our strong start to the Toss Up Season, with 9 of the 13 teams making the elimination round. When the dust settled, the Gladstone alliance came out on top versus the Isfeld alliance. It was a close best of 3 that was decided by a few points each match. High hanging with a ball is scary.

2D – 1st seed (7-0)
Excellence, Programming Skills, Tournament Champions
2K – 8th seed (6-1)
Design, Robot Skills, Tournament Champions
2N – 53rd seed (2-5)
Tournament Champions
2Z – 4th seed (7-0)
Judge’s Choice Award

I would also like to congratulate other teams that were just shy of getting an award, 2A, 2B, 2F, 2H, 2M, 2S, 2T, 2V, 2W.

Big thank you to Mr. Ablett, our parents and our sponsors. Our success is driven by them.

See you guys soon at the BC Christmas Qualifier!

British Columbia Fall Qualifer @ McMath Secondary

The second toss-up tournament in the Pacific North region will be held at the R.A.McMath Secondary School school in Richmond. It will begin at 10 am on Saturday the 16th for all spectators.


British Columbia Fall Qualifier
Dates: November 15, 2013 – November 16, 2013
Venue: R.A.McMath Secondary School
Address: 4251 Garry Street
City: Richmond
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Zip/Postal Code: V7E 2T9

We will be sending a total of thirteen teams that consist of juniors and seniors. For many of our juniors, this will be their first tournament!

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Great Results from the BCSO

The Robosavages had a great first tournament this season.  The event was held at Enver Creek Secondary in Surrey B.C. and they even did a better job than last year at hosting PYRS first event of the BC season.

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Our First Competition of the Year, BCSO

oldGladJpg3The BC season opener will be held this weekend.

We will be taking 9 teams (we hope…still not all finished) and competing with a 37 other teams from around the province.

Information can be found here

British Columbia Season Opener
Dates: October 19, 2013
Venue: Enver Creek High School
Address: 14505 – 84th Avenue
City: Surrey
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Zip/Postal Code: V3S 8X2


Idea Factory for VEX Toss Up

Thursday night (Sept 19th) we will be hosting an idea factory in the Robo Dojo, I expect that some students and teachers from other schools will take advantage of the offer to come see the new game set up.

The room will be open from 3:30 to 8:00 pm with two rule discussions at 4 and 5 pm officially but we informal ones as the night evolves also…

Please contact me at so i know you are coming.



Welcome Back to the Robo Dojo and VEX Robotics

Summer break is over, school has started and we are back in the Robo Dojo (room V105).  We have the new game set in the room (thank you Mr Balcom) and have started building our robots for the new Toss Up game.

Over the summer our amazing students also did this welcome back video and for a brief few seconds even features our shop and a few Robosavages at the 1:07 mark

Also our first tournament is Oct 19th an we are building as fast as we can and hope to have many teams there.

Now Back to work…