Osseo, MN – This past weekend, over 250 students competed at the Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament held at Osseo Senior High. Students competed with and against 48 teams throughout the day. Thirteen different teams were recognized for their work at the tournament.
The action-packed day required middle and high school students to execute the VEX Robotics Competition game Nothing But Net, applying their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The game is played by scoring colored balls in high and low goals and by elevating the robot in a designated climbing zone.
Team 7192, Windom Eagles A Team, from Windom Middle School and High School received the Excellence Award as the top all-around team. They were also Tournament Finalists. Another team from Windom, team 7192C, the Windom Eagles C Team, were Tournament Semi-finalists.
The Tournament Champions were the three-team alliance of 1535N, the Northway Drivers from St. Cloud School District 742, 8110B, Team KaBuum, from Mankato West High School, and 8655V, The Q is Silqent, from Eagan VEX Robotics.
Team 8110B from Mankato West High School won several additional awards, including Programming Skills Winner, Robot Skills Winner and the Sportsmanship Award for their professionalism and courtesy to other teams. Another team from Mankato West, 8110R, Real Steel, was a Tournament Semi-Finalist.
In addition to Windom Eagles A Team, the other finalists were teams 739A, KAHS Cubs from Kimball Area High School, and 5805B, Emeri from Concordia Academy.
Team 9457A, MEHS Robotics from Mankato East High School, won the Design Award for their organized and professional approach to the design process and project and time management. The judges were impressed with how they documented their design through their engineering notebook.
The other tournament semi-finalists were team 2845B, Project: Osseo and team 2845F, Osseo Bro-Bots from Osseo Senior High, and team 9144, Spartans 1, and team 9144C, Spartans 3, from Somerset High School.
Each of these teams received an invitation to the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament, which will be held in January in St. Cloud. There, they will compete for invitations to the World Championship Competition.
Team 1535Y, S.A.M.E. from St. Cloud School District 742, won two additional awards. They received the Judges Award as a team who the judges felt deserved special recognition for their efforts leading up to and during the event and the Middle School Division Award for having the highest score among the middle school teams during tournament.
The students apply what they’ve learned about science, technology, engineering and math in order to build the semiautonomous machines. An equally important set of skills is learned through the competition, communication, project management, site management and the importance of composure.
Many of the teams who attended also receive support from Riverland Community College and St. Cloud Technical and Community College by receiving robotics kits and attending scrimmages to support teams as part of the colleges’ work with 360, a manufacturing-based center of excellence. Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association is also a platinum sponsor, providing kits for local teams.
The Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament is one of four qualifying tournaments for the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota VEX Robotics State Tournament 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.
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.