Fri. Dec 1st, 2023
    New Robotics Competition Showcases Young STEM Talent

    A new robotics competition is set to make waves in the world of STEM education. The Ken Ganley Ford Vex VRC Robotics Competitions, hosted by Team 2011 from Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, will take place on November 17th and 18th. This event is expected to draw the attention of robotics enthusiasts from across Ohio and Canada.

    Unlike traditional competitions, the Ken Ganley Ford Vex VRC Robotics Competitions take a unique approach to engage young participants. This year’s game, called “Over/Under,” challenges teams to score acorn-shaped balls in their goal or offensive zone. The competition format includes autonomous and driver-controlled periods, with alliances formed between two randomly selected teams. The qualifying matches and elimination bracket give the competition a March Madness feel.

    In addition to the exciting matches, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their programming skills in skills contests. These contests require teams to program their robots to complete specific tasks autonomously and in driver-controlled mode. The team with the highest combined score will be crowned the Skills Champion.

    The Ken Ganley Ford Vex VRC Robotics Competitions offer more than just a chance to win awards and qualify for the State tournament. It is an excellent platform for young STEM enthusiasts to demonstrate their creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork abilities. It also provides an opportunity for students to connect with like-minded individuals from different schools and potentially form new alliances.

    Q: Where can teams register for the Ken Ganley Ford Vex VRC Robotics Competitions?
    A: Teams can register for the competition through the official website at

    Q: What is the significance of winning the Excellence award?
    A: The Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed upon a team, recognizing their overall performance based on the Vex rubric. It also grants qualification for the State tournament.

    Q: How many teams are expected to participate in the competition?
    A: The competitions will feature 50 middle school teams from across Ohio and 80 high school teams from Ohio and Canada.

    Q: Where will the competitions take place?
    A: The competitions will be held in the main gym at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.

    Q: What is the game theme for this year’s competition?
    A: This year’s game is called “Over/Under,” and it involves scoring acorn-shaped balls in the team’s goal or offensive zone.