Sixty teams compete at Dream It. Do It. MN State VEX Robotics Tournament

Several qualify for world and national competitions

St. Cloud, MN–Sixty teams qualified and competed in the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament on January 23-24, with teams across the state receiving recognition for their hard work and awarded invitations for national and world competitions:

  • Team 7192, the Windom Eagles A Team from Windom High School won the Excellence Award for being the top all-around team, the Sportsmanship Award (voted on by their peers), and placed first in Robot Skills and Programming Skills for their ability to drive, control, and program their robot to score points. They qualified for the World Championship and the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship.
  • Team 1535N, the Northway Drivers from St. Cloud School District 742 won the middle school division Excellence Award for being the top all-around team and placed second in Programming Skills. They qualified for the World Championship and the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship.
  • Team 7458F, the Fisher Knights from Fisher High School, received the Build Award for their strong construction of their robot. They also qualified for the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship.
  • Team 8655V, the Q is Silquent from Eagan High School, received the Community Award for their support of other teams and their work to promote STEM education.
  • Team 4149C, the Iron Chargers from Grygla Public School, received the Create Award for their teamwork, enthusiasm, and engineering notebook. The judges were especially impressed with their CAD design work. They also placed second in Robot Skills for their ability to score points while driving their robot and earned an invitation to the World Championship.
  • Team 5805A, PETRA, from Concordia Academy in Roseville, received the high school division Design Award and earned an invitation to the World Championship. The judges were impressed with their engineering notebook, with one judge commenting that their calculations were “mind-blowing.”
  • Team 8440B, the IJ Holton Engineers B, from Austin Public Schools, received the middle school division Design Award for their innovative and successful robot design.
  • Team 8440A, the IJ Holton Engineers A, from Austin Public Schools, received the Energy Award for their infectious enthusiasm throughout the tournament.
    Team 6024E, the Autobotics from Fosston High School, received the Judges Award. The judges noted they deserved special recognition because they set themselves apart through their teamwork, unassuming way with others, and were an all-around strong team.
  • Team 6793A, the X-Bots from Stearns County 4-H, received the Think Award for their autonomous programming. They also qualified for the World Championship through their programming score.
    Team 1080P, the Boss Botz from Cold Spring Boy Scout Troop 15, received the Teamwork Award.

Kevin Schatz, coach of two Sartell Boy Scout teams, was recognized as a Mentor of the Year. Bob Ruby, coach at Windom Middle School and High School, Adam Johnson, coach at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, and Isaac Kvasager, coach at Grygla Public School also were named Mentors of the Year at previous Dream It. Do It. tournaments this season.

An exciting elimination bracket ended the day, with the tournament championship being decided by a tie-breaker match. Teams 4805A, the Osseo Circuit Breakers from Osseo Senior High, 5805A, PETRA, from Concordia Academy in Roseville, and 9457A from Mankato East High School won the tournament and invitations to the World Championship. Teams 411V, the VHS SuperBots, from Verndale Public School in Verndale, 4149C, the Iron Chargers from Grygla Public School in Grygla, and 7458F, the Fisher Knights from Fisher were Tournament Finalists, earning invitations to the CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship.

“It’s great to see teams demonstrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills and competing at such a high level,” says Aaron Barker, tournament coordinator, VEX Robotics Coordinator and instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. “Even better, students are learning and practicing the same skills that are used in the real world, like today’s manufacturing careers.”

Several of these teams also receive support from 360-degrees partner colleges, including receiving robotics kits and invitations to attend practices as part of the college’s work with the manufacturing-based center.

The Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament was one of four tournaments hosted by 360-degrees and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, which have led VEX Robotics in Minnesota, helping youth connect their interest in robotics to career opportunities in modern manufacturing.

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).

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