2012 VEX Robotics World Championship


Colorado Teams Win 5 Awards at 2012 VEX Robotics World Championship


Loveland, Colorado – April 23, 2012 – Twelve Colorado teams were among 600 from 18 countries competing in Anaheim, California at the 2012 VEX Robotics World Competition April 17-21. Thompson School District students brought back three division high school awards, St. Vrain students brought back the top middle-school Design Award, and Kent Denver School won the top high school Design Award earning Colorado a total of five awards. One other team, The Fuse, from Faith Christian Academy in Arvada, made it to elimination rounds with the highest ranking of the Colorado teams but was knocked out in the quarter finals.


“This is even more impressive when you consider that VEX competition is relatively new in Colorado and there are currently just 40 VEX teams out of the 4800 teams in 26 countries worldwide. I think it says a lot about what Colorado students are capable of if we give them the opportunity,” said Liz Rayment. She and her husband Ken were inducted into the STEM Hall of Fame during the Opening Ceremonies for their work with Action-Works, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit.


Team 1069E, Critical Mass, brought back the Engineering Division Excellence Award, the highest honor in their division, given to the most well rounded team. Critical Mass’ students are from Berthoud High which is Thompson School District’s high school with a STEM Focus Program.


Another group of Berthoud High students on Team 1069D, Palladium, brought home the Technology Division Build Award. The Build Award is given to the team that has built a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety, detail, and with a professional feel and quality look. Caleb Hammel from 1069D says, “It’s great friendly competition with our peers, until we decide to try and destroy them.” Perhaps that is why1069D has learned to create such a well build robot.


Team 974, Hazardous, with Thompson students from Berthoud High, Walt Clark, and Conrad Ball, earned the Science Division Create Award, which is awarded to the team whose robot design incorporates a creative engineering solution.


Two Colorado teams won the overall top high school and middle school Design Awards. This award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization. Team 3876C, Arkham Asylum, with students from Altona Middle School in the St. Vrain school district in Longmont, won the top middle school Design Award. The Sun Devils, team 3946A from Kent Denver School, won the top high school Design Award. Referring to the Sun Devils’ Engineering Notebook during the award presentation, the judges noted, “…they created complex math calculations that VEX may want to get copies of to check their own work back at the Texas office.”