Southern robotics team qualify for state robotics tournament

Several local teams competed in the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament on December 13 and received awards. The tournament was hosted by Riverland Community College.

Team 7225A, named the Southland Stompers, from Southland High School in Adams was part of the three-team alliance named Tournament Champions, along with teams from Cold Spring and Sartell. Team 6776H, named Shockwave United, from Hayfield High School was part of the three-team alliance named Tournament Finalists, along with teams from Albany and Osseo.

Team 8091, named Mysterious George, from Austin received the Judges’ Award. The judges were impressed with their plans on developing their team and the energy they displayed at the tournament. The team even sported a flag to represent and cheer on their team members during the competition.

This team was also one of the tournament semi-finalists. Another local team, 7192, named the A-Team from Windom High School was another semi-finalist. They also, along with the Windom Middle School team 7192C, named Jr. Bots, received the Teamwork Award for their mentoring of team members to develop future leaders for their robotics team.

Based on their performance, all of these teams qualified to attend the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State Tournament hosted by St. Cloud Technical and Community College where teams will compete for invitations to the World Championship.

Several other teams also competed and qualified for the state tournament, including:

  • Team 1080P, named the Boss Botz, from Cold Spring by being Tournament Champions, Programming Skills Winner (scoring the most points by pre-programming their robot) and the Excellence Award winner.
  • Team 3221H, named Beat Botz, from Sartell by being Tournament Champions and Robot Skills Champion (scoring the most points by driving their robot).
  • Team 6793A, named X-Bot, from Albany and Team 6776H, named Bro-Bots, from Osseo Senior High by being Tournament Finalists.
  • Team 8110B, named KaBuum, from Mankato West High School and Team 2845D, named Osseo Constructicons, from Osseo Senior High as semi-finalists.

In addition, Team 9457A from Mankato East High School received the Energy Award. The judges were impressed how they worked the morning of the tournament to rebuild their robot in order to compete and their graciousness and courtesy to other teams throughout the day. Team 2845E, named the Double Ent-andres, from Osseo Senior High was voted by the other teams to receive the Sportsmanship Award for their respect and helpfulness to others.

To prepare for the tournament, the teams designed and built robots using the VEX Robotics Design System to compete in the game Skyrise, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Several of these teams, along with other local teams, receive support from Riverland Community College by attending scrimmages and receiving robotics kits as part of the college’s work with 360, a manufacturing-based center of excellence.

“Students are applying STEM skills like mechanical design and programming that are used in high-tech, well-paying manufacturing careers, along with teamwork and critical thinking,” said Peggy Young from Riverland Community College. “Robotics provides a great opportunity for students to be prepared to enter programs like Riverland’s and enter the workforce.”

The Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament is one of three qualifying tournaments hosted by 360 and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota. They have led VEX Robotics in Minnesota, helping youth connect their interest in robotics to opportunities in modern manufacturing.

Photos from the day are posted on the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota Facebook page. To learn more, visit www.dreamitdoitmn.com.