VEX IQ Robotics History 2015-16
In the 2015-16 season we got a head start by hosting a summer camp for our robotics teams. We also added a team to the mix. During the 2015-16 season we had four teams with a total of 14 students. Our elementary teams, The Red Hots (10477) qualified for Worlds while Pinky and the Brain (10477B) had a great showing and participated at state. Our middle school teams, The Swamp Monsters (10272) qualified for Worlds while The Blue Badgers (10272B) made it to state but fell short of receiving a bid to Worlds this year.
VEX IQ Robotics History 2014-15
The 2014-15 season brought much growth to our VEX IQ program. We grew from a team of two students to three teams which included 10 students. We had our first elementary team, The Elevationators 10477. We also had two middle school teams, The A Team 10272 and The East Side Tech Crew. Throughout our season we achieved many accomplishments. All three teams qualified for the Indiana VEX IQ State Championship and The A Team and Elevationators qualified for the World VEX IQ Championships.
VEX IQ Robotics History 2013-14
Student participants in VEX IQ have the opportunity to engineer a robot, which can be utilized in a variety of skills challenges including teamwork, driver controlled, and autonomous program controlled challenges. The VEX IQ student team participated at the Mayor’s City of Indianapolis VEX IQ Challenge on November 16th-17th. The students worked hard in preparation for the competition and brought back two awards. They won the Innovate Award, which is given to the team who has the most innovative design feature. They also won first place in the teamwork challenge division.
On February 15th, the VEX IQ team competed at the Warren Add it Up Challenge located at Stonybrook Middle School. The East Side Tech Crew brought home the Design Award from the Warren competition, the design award recognized the team for its excellent Engineering Notebook.
Paramount School of Excellence clinched the following awards at the February 22 VEX IQ Robotics State Championship: STEM Research Project Award, Sportsmanship Award, and Runner-Up Teamwork Challenge Award. Hosted by IUPUI’s School of Informatics and Computing, the competition was presented the Office of Education Innovation and the Robotics Education Competition Foundation. Paramount was among 25 elementary and middle schools vying for the chance to progress to the World Competition where more than 100 teams from multiple countries will compete. Winning the STEM Research Project Award earns Paramount one of only a select few automatic bids to the VEX IQ World Championship in Anaheim California.
Prior to reaching the State Championship, the Paramount VEX IQ Team has met daily - accumulating more than 400 hours in programming and executing improvements, practicing and refining their presentation skills. Ryan Sanders, Team Captain, shared how the Team continues to improve the robots’ design from one competition to the next. Following the Indianapolis tournament, students made three corrections within a week to improve and refine their robot’s capabilities. “ We worked on the robot’s claw to strengthen its holding skills and to be able to pick-up two sizes of balls, plus we added a wheelie to prevent it from tipping over.”
A part of the competition included researching how robotics are used in manufacturing. Team members had the opportunity to discuss circuit boards and programming with SAIC engineers. Following a visit to the Honda Plant in Greensburg, the Team produced a video to communicate their discoveries.
Jason Hernandez, Team member, reflected on their journey to the winner’s circle, “ the state championship was a great experience, we worked with amazing teams. We are also glad that our STEM Research Project work paid off.”