Fifty teams from across the state competed in the Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament on January 10, hosted by Osseo Senior High.
Team 1080P, the Boss Botz, from Cold Spring Troop 15, won the Excellence Award for being the best all-around team. They had previously won this award at other tournaments, earning an invitation to the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State Robotics Tournament on January 23 and 24 in St. Cloud.
Teams 2845B, the Osseo Circuit Breakers and 2845F, the Osseo Bro-Bots, joined with team 8655V, The Q is Silqent, from Eagan High School, to form a three-team alliance that was named Tournament Champions. Through this, they earned an invitation to the state tournament.
Teams 5300B from Win-E-Mac High School in Erskine, 5805D, DOXA, from Concordia Academy in Roseville, and 8108B, the Metallic Eagles, from North Junior High from St. Cloud were Tournament Finalists. The Windom Eagles also won the Teamwork Award.
Another team from Concordia Academy, 5805A, PETRA, won Programming Skills for their autonomous programming, and team 7192, the Windom Eagles, won Robot Skills for their ability to drive their robot and score points.
Team 8655V, The Q is Silqent from Eagan High School, won Design Award. This is the second time the team has been recognized for their robot’s design—they also received the Design Award at the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament in Albert Lea in December.
Team 4448A, the RLF Eagles from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, won the Energy Award. The judges were impressed the team’s energy and enthusiasm throughout the day.
Team 3211H, the Beat Botz from Boy Scouts Troop 211 in Sartell, won the Judges Award for their efforts throughout the day. This is the team’s third tournament award this season. They previously were named Tournament Champions and Robot Skills Winner at the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament in Albert Lea in December.
Team 2845E, the Osseo Double Ent-Andres, received the Sportsmanship Award. They were recognized by their fellow teams for their courtesy and respectfulness to others. This is the second time this team has been recognized by their peers. They previously won the Sportsmanship Award at the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament in Albert Lea.
Boston Scientific was named Partner of the Year for their support of local teams and this tournament, and Adam Johnson, coach of –, was named a Mentor of the Year.
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 the teams competing receive support from colleges that are part of 360 by attending practices and receiving robotics kits as part of the college’s work with 360, a manufacturing-based center of excellence.
Boston Scientific was named Partner of the Year for their support of local teams and this tournament.
The Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament was one of three qualifying tournaments hosted by 360 and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, which 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.