Northern teams qualify for State Robotics Tournament in Bemidji

Bemidji, MN – On December 5, 30 VEX Robotics teams competed at the Dream It. Do It. Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament held at Bemidji State University. Nine different teams from six different schools and organizations were recognized for their work at the tournament.

The Iron Chargers, teams 4149C and 4149G from Grygla Public Schools, and Cattle Town Crew, team 3864B from Lancaster School, were Tournament Champions. The Iron Chargers, 4149C team, also received the Programming Skills award for placing the highest score during autonomous mode, and also the Robot Skills award. The Iron Chargers team 4149C received the Excellence Award as well, for Top All Around team.

The BearCats, Team 3682A from Kittson Central School in Hallock, and Fosston Metal, team 6024C and “8th” team, number 6024G from Fosston High School, were Tournament Finalists. The winner of the Design Award, given for Engineering Process and Documentation, was Heartland Christian Academy, team 6256 from Bemidji.

Each of these seven teams received an invitation to the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament, to be held in January in St. Cloud where they will compete for invitations to the World Championship Competition.

Team 3864B, Cattle Town Crew, from Lancaster School, also received the Judges Award, in recognition of their outstanding teamwork. The RLF Eagles, Team 4448A from Red Lake Falls received the Amaze Award for their well-rounded and top-performing robot and the Autobotics team 6024E from Fosston High School received the Sportsmanship Award for their sportsmanship and professionalism during the tournament.

To prepare for the tournament, the teams designed and built robots using the VEX Robotics Design System to compete in the game Nothing But Net, applying their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They also receive support from Bemidji State University and Northland Community and Technical College by attending scrimmages and receiving robotics kits to support teams as part of the university and college’s work with 360, a manufacturing-based center of excellence.

“It is great to see so many students building robots and competing in VEX Robotics tournaments,” said Lyle Meulebroeck, tournament coordinator and professor in the Technology, Art and Design department at Bemidji State University. “We are excited to offer this STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) opportunity and expose youth and their parents to related educational and career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.”

Andrew Dahlen, an electronics instructor at Northland Community and Technical College and robotics coordinator, adds, “These teams have worked hard to build effective robots using their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition, they are learning about mechanical design, troubleshooting, critical thinking and programming. They will be prepared to take advantage of the great career opportunities in STEM fields, like today’s manufacturing industry.”

The Dream It. Do It. Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament is one of four qualifying tournaments sponsored by 360 and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota. 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence has led VEX Robotics in Minnesota, helping youth connect their interest in robotics to opportunities in modern manufacturing. Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is also a platinum sponsor, providing kits for local teams.

About Dream It Do It Minnesota
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, led by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, collaborates with industry to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is also supported by Midwest Manufacturers’ Association, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, and Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association. To learn more about this program, visit dreamitdoitmn.com.

About the REC Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, supports robotics and technology events and programs that aim to inspire and motivate students to advance in STEM education. In addition to operating and supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations including VEX, TSA and BEST Robotics Competitions, the foundation also provides program support and workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators – including the RobotEvents.com community portal website which helps promote multiple high quality programs and provides online registration and event pages for hundreds of events around the world.