On a bright Saturday morning, young robotics enthusiasts from the St. Joseph School gathered to showcase their skills at the inaugural New Horizon Robotics Tournament. Sponsored by Thomas Precision, this tournament marked a significant milestone for the students as they participated in the first-ever VEX IQ level robotics competition in our area.
With 27 teams competing at the middle and elementary levels, the energy in the room was palpable. The teams, consisting of two to four students each, were tasked with designing, programming, and testing robots capable of collecting and sorting colorful blocks for scoring in designated goal areas. Additionally, teams were challenged to park their robot in a specific zone on the field at the end of each match.
While the competition fostered a spirit of friendly rivalry, it also provided an opportunity for the students to be judged on their robot design process and design journals. A panel of industry professionals closely examined the intricacies of the students’ designs and the meticulousness of their documentation. This aspect of the tournament encouraged the participants to think critically and refine their problem-solving skills.
The highlight of the day was the skills challenge, where the students showcased their abilities in autonomous programming and controlled driving. With one minute to accumulate as many points as possible, the young competitors demonstrated their quick thinking and precise execution.
The New Horizon Robotics Tournament was not only a testament to the potential of these young inventors, but also served as a reminder of the importance of fostering a strong foundation in STEM education. By celebrating their achievements and providing a platform for their creativity, events like these inspire the next generation of scientists and innovators.
Q: What is VEX IQ level robotics?
A: VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed for students to engage in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning.
Q: Who sponsored the New Horizon Robotics Tournament?
A: The tournament was sponsored by Thomas Precision.
Q: How were the teams judged?
A: The teams were judged on their robot design process and design journals by a panel of professionals.
Q: What was the skills challenge?
A: The skills challenge involved the students competing to score the most points in a one minute autonomous program and a one minute driver-controlled program.