St. Cloud, Minn. – This past weekend, 89 elementary, middle school, high school, and college VEX robotics teams gathered at the River’s Edge Convention Center to compete. Three tournaments took place: the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX IQ Tournament, the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament and the SCSU VEX Regional Competition.
The action-packed day required middle and high school students to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students learned an equally important set of skills through participation in the competitions, including communication, project management and how to maintain composure.
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament
Seventy teams competed at the Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX Robotics Tournament. By receiving competitive awards, several middle school and high school teams won invitations to the World Championship in Louisville, Ky. in April:
- Team 4149C, the Iron Chargers (C Team), from Grygla Public School won the high school Excellence Award as the top all-around team and the high school Design Award for their robot. They also were part of the three-team alliance that became Tournament Champions. They also took second place in the programming skills challenge.
- Team 1535Y, S.A.M.E., from St. Cloud School District 742, won the middle school Excellence Award as the top all-around team.
- Team 4448A, the RLF Eagles, from Lafayette High School, was part of the three team alliance that became Tournament Champions. The team also received the high school Design Award for their robot.
- Team 9457A, MEHS Robotics, from Mankato East High School, was part of the three team alliance that became Tournament Champions. The team also received the Build Award for their robot.
- Team 7192B, the Windom Eagles B Team, from Windom Middle School and High School, was part of the three team alliance that became Tournament Finalists (second place). The team also took second place in the Robot Skills Challenge.
- Team 8440C, the IJ Holton Engineers C, from Austin Public Schools, was part of the three team alliance that became Tournament Finalists (second place). They also received the Energy Award for their enthusiasm.
- Team 8655V, The Q is Silqent, from Eagan VEX Robotics, was part of the three team alliance that became Tournament Finalists (second place). They also received the Think Award for their robot.
- Team 8110B, Team KaBuum, from Mankato West High School, won the Programming Skills Challenge. They also received the Community Award for promoting robotics.
- Team 3211H, the BeatBotz, from Boy Scout Troop 211 in Sartell, won the Robot Skills Challenge. They also received the Create Award for their robot and the Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by teams competing in the tournament.
- Team 7192C, the Windom Eagles C Team, from Windom Middle School and High School received the middle school Design Award for their robot.
Three additional teams have received invitations to the World Championship through their high skills ranking among teams in Minnesota: 6024B, Bruhsiden, from Fosston High School; 7192, the Windom Eagles A Team, from Windom Eagles Middle School and High School; and 99750A, Sparta’s Chosen, from Rocori High School.
Other teams and organizations were recognized as well:
- Team 9210, The Storm, from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School received special recognition through the Judges Award.
- Team 2845A, Osseo Prime, from Osseo Senior High received the Teamwork Award for their school’s multi-team program.
- Ultra Machining Company (UMC) received the Sponsor of the Year Award.
- Mike Shores from Mankato East High School received the Teacher of the Year Award.
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota State VEX IQ Tournament
Eleven teams competed at the VEX IQ tournament. Two teams qualified for the World Championship: 11033, The Vex5, from Sts. Peter & Paul School in Richmond and team 56368, River Robotics, from Richmond. The Vex5 won the elementary school Excellence Award, and River Robotics won the middle school Excellence Award. The Vex5 also won the Design Award and the STEM Research Project Award, and River Robotics also won Programming Skills.
Other awards included:
- Team 20002H, Challengerz, from Mankato Community Education & Recreation, along with River Robotics, won the Teamwork Champion Award.
- Team 6237B, HN Elementary B, from Herman Norcross School and team 71927C, Windom Eagles Robotics, from Windom Middle School and High School, won the Teamwork Finalist Award. Windom also won Robot Skills and the Sportsmanship Award.
- Team 6793C, Bot Attack, from Stearns County 4-H Robot-X Club, received special recognition through the Judges Award.
SCSU VEX U Regional Qualifier Competition
Eight teams competed in the SCSU VEX U Regional Qualifier. Team ETAS, named XNOR, from Northland Community and Technical College, won the Excellence Award and invitation to the World Championship.
Other award winners included:
- Team XDRV, named X DRIVE, from St. Cloud State University, was the Tournament Champion. They also received the Judges Award.
- Team BSU, named the Beaver Bots, from Bemidji State University, won the Design Award.
- Team PTCC1, PTCC, from Pine Technical and Community College, won the Sportsmanship Award.
A valuable program
“VEX Robotics delivers a robust STEM program to younger generations. Participants develop skills in building, programming, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, sportsmanship and so much more,” says Aaron Barker, St. Cloud Technical and Community College faculty and tournament coordinator. “They are developing the skills that today’s manufacturers need and have great students have great educational and career opportunities waiting for them.”
These tournaments are part of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year.
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota and 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence have led VEX Robotics in Minnesota, helping youth connect their interest in robotics to career opportunities in modern manufacturing.
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota is also supported by Midwest Manufacturers’ Association, Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) and Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association. MPMA is also a platinum sponsor for VEX Robotics through Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, providing kits to local teams. Other platinum sponsors for the state tournament include The Grainger Foundation, Park Industries, Ultra Machining Company (UMC) and Visual Edge. Coldspring is a gold sponsor.
VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the world, with more than 12,000 teams from over 30 countries that participate in more than 1,000 competitions worldwide. The competition season culminates each spring with the VEX Robotics World Championship presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the REC Foundation.
About Dream It Do It Minnesota
Dream It. Do It. Minnesota, led by 360 Manufacturing Center of Excellence, inspires the next generation of manufacturing talent and collaborates with industry to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. 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.