The STEM competition took place at QEGS yesterday, featuring 12 teams competing from across the country, in addition to international competitors all the way from Turkey. The VEX Robotics Competition is an engineering and programming challenge aimed at students aged 11 to 18. The perfect platform for exploring important STEM fundamentals, VEX EDR encourages teamwork, problem solving and leadership within an exciting introduction to subjects’ students may not have investigated before, all whilst they build and showcase their magnificent machines.
QEGS were proud to host the VEX Robotics Competition regional heat participating alongside several national and international schools including Tanfield School, Stanley, and Bahçeşehir Soyak, Istanbul. Typically, students from around the country battle throughout the year in a series of regional events to gain the prestigious position of attending the National Championship, which will take place at the Telford International Centre, March 2018. Those who prevail as National champions will then qualify to compete in the Guinness World Record breaking, VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2018 against thousands of top teams from over 30 countries around the world.
QEGS's two competing teams were made up of students aged 11 to 18. To prepare for the competition, groups have worked together to design, build and program a robot, using VEX EDR components and industry standard programming software. The creations were then tasked to quickly and efficiently solve the specific obstacles and challenges that come with playing the VEX Robotics game, In The Zone.
Teams progressing to the National Championship in March are:
QEGS Team-L, and UTC Sheffield OLP’s, Olpy13, for their outstanding final scores across the competition.
John Holt, Team L’s advisor at the school commented “It’s fantastic to see such a large number of students from all year groups working together and watch as their interest in robotics just keeps growing. The teams show the upmost dedication practicing in their spare times at lunches and after school, I’m very proud of their commitment".
Bridie Gaynor, VEX Competition Support Manager, said “every season, I am impressed with the high quality of engineering and programming skill shown by these students. The high level of professionalism and teamwork exhibited is commendable and the students evidently enjoy themselves, bringing an exciting energy to the competition! Students need to engage with projects they are involved in as the world is becoming increasingly abstract for most young people. What VEX uniquely provides is the ability for children to turn concepts, such as control systems and engineering interconnections into something physical”.
About VEX Robotics
VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. Their VEX IQ and VEX EDR product lines span primary and secondary schools with accessible, scalable, and affordable robotics solutions. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It allows educators to easily customise projects to meet the level of students’ abilities as they inspire and prepare the STEM problem solvers of tomorrow.