Students Put STEM Skills to the Test in Loveland at Robotics State Championships
Loveland, Colorado – March 7, 2015– Sixty-eight Colorado elementary, middle, and high school robotics teams competed February 28th and March 7th, vying for ten invitations to advance to the World Championship. Kent Denver team 3946A from Englewood earned the top award, the Excellence award, in the high school VEX Robotics Competition (VRC). Also headed to Worlds are the high school Tournament Champions, an alliance of teams 974X, Cyber Brains from Loveland, 1826 The Fuse from Faith Christian in Arvada, and 979A Inspector Gadget from Grandview High School in Aurora. Team 1826 The Fuse also swept up the Robot Skills and Programming Skills award, breaking the Programming skills world record.
Photos from February 28th 2015 Colorado VEX High School Championship here.
Photos from March 7th 2015 Colorado VEX Middle School and VEX IQ Championships here.
In our plan for the non-profit we see the following key enablers to meet students’ needs.
We have been fortunate to have varying amounts of donated space for students to work on robotics for the last several years. While we don’t always have heated space or may have limited access, we are very thankful because, without it, the equipment sits in a trailer between competitions. But being hobos has limited student participation and access and is physically wearing on volunteers due to constantly moving equipment. The quickest way we can expand capacity and serve more students would be to find affordable space.
“When you look at predictions, they’re saying in 25 years, 75 percent of new jobs will be STEM-related,” said Regina Renaldi, assistant superintendent of priority programs, SVVSD. “You don’t have to tell (students) what (they’re) going to be, but if we at least expose them to those kinds of future job opportunities, we’re helping kids to be ready for their futures.
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"The study called into question America’s educational credentialing system. While few American test-takers lacked a high school degree, the United States didn’t perform any better than countries with relatively high rates of failing to finish high school. And our college graduates didn’t perform well, either."
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First a few things... To coach a VEX VRC or VEX IQ team you don't need to be technical... The kids will figure out how to build and how to program. Remember the robot is the kids work so let them own it and drive all the improvements.
You need to decide what type of team you will be forming: VEX IQ is elementary / middle school (8-14) and VRC is a middle school / high school program (11-18).
If you are a middle school team and can't decide here are some of the differences:
The Honor by Design Award celebrates the teams the demonstrate who are:
Honest - Do "what's right" when no one is looking.
Competitive - Always give your best. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Be respectful of your teammates, coaches and mentors, competitors, judges and spectators.
Collaborative - Act in the best interest of the team's goals and be supportive of each other. Share knowledge, tools and parts with other teams.
Leader - Encourage, praise, involve, and constructively challenge your teammates.
Professional - Works hard, determined, overcomes obstacles and is well trained and acts in a professional manner.
Action Works is a 501(c)(3) Educational non-profit. We are able to do what we do thanks to hundreds of great volunteers and donations. Our funding comes from individuals that designate their United Way donations to Action Works, direct donations, fees for events, and great companies such as Woodward Inc. and Otter Box (Otter Cares). In addition to classes and robotics competitions we are hard at work on Youth Maker opportunities, interactive exhibits, maker spaces for adults and kids, and Maker Faires. Be a part of the fun through volunteering (www.action-works.org/volunteer) and/or tax-deductible financial support. We take donations at this weblink via PayPal.