Nine Colorado Teams To Be Invited To VEX/VEX IQ Robotics Championship
Students Put STEM Skills to the Test at CSU Pueblo in VEX and VEX IQ Competitions
Forty-six robotics teams from around Colorado competed Saturday, February 22nd in the Colorado VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) State Championship. For the third year CSU Pueblo hosted the robotics competition in Massari Arena. The event was the tenth VEX robotics event of the season.
The VRC Tournament Champions, a high school/middle school competition, included an alliance of teams 6252, 1069B and 3946A with students from Berthoud High and Kent Denver schools in Englewood. Team 6252 also swept up the Robot Skills and Programming Skills awards while 1069B also won the top Excellence Award. The Design Award, given to teams with the most professional approach to the design process including documentation in an engineering notebook, went to another Berthoud team, 1069D. A final award was scored by a Berthoud team, 1069E, which earned the High School Judge’s award. Students from Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, team 6709C, received the Middle School Judge’s Award.
VIQC is an elementary/middle school platform new to the Championship this year. Team 974X out of Loveland and 314A from Boulder earned the Teamwork Champions award. Team 314A also won both the Robot and Programming Skills Award. Team 43B with students from Bill Reed Middle School in Loveland won the Design Award and Team 3946R from Kent Denver in Englewood took home the STEM Research Project Award. An all-girls team from Alpine Elementary School in Longmont earned the Excellence Award.
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