MSU Hosts Spartan VEX Robotics Challenge Tournament
February 23, 2012
Michigan State University will host the Spartan VEX Robotics Challenge Tournament for high school students on Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the IM Circle Building on campus.
More than 40 VEX Robotics teams from high schools across Michigan, including 13 teams sponsored by MSU's College of Engineering, will vie for the right to advance to the world championship in April in Anaheim, Calif.
Using the VEX Robotics Design System, students build innovative robots and then compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field.
The VEX Robotics Competition is designed to inspire students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
"MSU's VEX Robotics program for middle and high school students is a direct response to the national shortage of future engineers and scientists working on innovative technologies," says Bob Watson, K-12 outreach/robotics coordinator for the College of Engineering.
"Recent funding from the Motorola Solutions Foundation has allowed us to expand our engineering outreach efforts--like VEX Robotics-- into the Detroit and West Michigan schools," says Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship and K-12 outreach in MSU's College of Engineering.
These MSU-sponsored teams match up engineering students from MSU with students from these underrepresented high schools to help them learn principles of engineering while designing and building their robots for competition.
In addition to learning about science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups.