Austin, Minn. – This past weekend, over 200 students competed at the Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament hosted by Riverland Community College and held at Austin High School. Thirty-six different teams from 16 different schools and organizations competed throughout the day.
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). They also used these skills to build semiautonomous robots. 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, the Windom Eagles A Team, from Windom Middle School and High School received the Excellence Award as the all-around top team.
The Tournament Champions were two teams from Mankato West High School, 8110B, named Team KaBuum, and 8110X, named The Ribbits, and a team from Mankato East High School, 9457A, named MEHS Robotics. MEHS Robotics also received the Design Award for their robot’s design and engineering notebook and the Robot Skills Challenge.
In second place were the Windom Eagles A Team, team 8091, named Mysterious George from Austin, and 9457Z, named MEHS Inverted, from Mankato High School.
Team 8440B, named IJ Holton Engineers B, from Austin Public Schools won the Programming Skills Challenge.
Each of these teams qualified for the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament, which will be held Jan. 29 and 30 in St. Cloud. There, they will compete for invitations to the World Championship Competition.
Two additional awards were given throughout the day. Team 8452B, named Ellis Robotics, from Ellis Middle School received special recognition through the Judges Award. Team 3211A, the BaconBotz, from Boy Scouts Troop 211 in Sartell, received the Sportsmanship Award for their enthusiasm and courtesy to other teams.
“It’s great to see teams’ innovation and dedication at work during the tournament,” says Bob Bender, tournament coordinator and faculty member at Riverland Community College. “They are using the same skills needed by today’s manufacturers, and we are excited they have this opportunity to not only gain STEM skills but also learn about career opportunities in advanced manufacturing.”
The Dream It. Do It. Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament was one of several qualifying tournaments for the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament sponsored by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence and Dream It. Do It. Minnesota. Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) is also a platinum sponsor for VEX Robotics through Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, providing kits to local teams.
To learn more about Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, visit dreamitdoitmn.com.
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.