Elementary and middle school students in Northwestern Wisconsin are set to showcase their robotic skills at the upcoming Spartan Robotics VEX IQ Tournament. This inaugural event, generously sponsored by Thomas Precision, marks an exciting milestone as the first-ever VEX IQ tournament in the region. The tournament will take place on Saturday from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph school gym in Rice Lake.
Under the theme of “Full Volume,” participating teams consisting of two to four students will unleash their creativity and technical prowess. In this competition, teams are tasked with designing, programming, and testing robots that can effectively collect and sort various colored blocks for scoring in one of three goal areas. The ultimate challenge is for teams to skillfully park their robots within designated zones on the field at the end of each match.
Aside from the thrilling matches, the competition also emphasizes the innovative process behind the robots’ creation. Teams will be evaluated by a team of professionals who will assess their robot design process. This provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their problem-solving skills, technical knowledge, and teamwork.
Moreover, there will be an additional skills challenge for student teams. Here, they will compete to score the most points in a one-minute autonomous program and a one-minute driver-controlled program. The skills challenge adds an extra layer of excitement and demonstrates the participants’ adaptability and strategic thinking.
Q: What is the Spartan Robotics VEX IQ Tournament?
A: The Spartan Robotics VEX IQ Tournament is a robotics competition for elementary and middle school teams in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Q: Who sponsors the tournament?
A: The tournament is generously sponsored by Thomas Precision.
Q: What is the theme of this year’s competition?
A: The theme of this year’s competition is “Full Volume.”
Q: How are the teams evaluated?
A: Teams are evaluated based on their robot design process by a team of professionals.
Q: Is there an additional challenge for the student teams?
A: Yes, student teams can participate in a skills challenge where they attempt to score the most points in autonomous and driver-controlled programs.