2015 VEX champions

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Feb. 24, 2015Sparty cheered on the 59 teams at the 2015 Michigan VEX state tournament.

Haslett Raptors win 2015 VEX Robotics state tournament

The Haslett High School VEX Raptors were among the big winners at the 2015 VEX Robotics State Championship competition, hosted at Michigan State University on Feb. 22. Fifty-nine of Michigan’s best middle and high school VEX teams competed in Jenison Field House for the right to advance to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Ky., in April.

The championship games were the largest state VEX tournament that MSU has ever hosted. The Haslett High School VEX Raptors are among the 33 teams sponsored by the MSU College of Engineering.

See video on 2015 tournament.

The Haslett VEX Raptors, last year’s world champions of the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award, won the Michigan 2015 Excellence Award, Robot Skills Award, and was part of the three-team alliance that took top honors as tournament champions.

“The students at our state tournament bring an energy and excitement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that we encourage,” said Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship and K-12 outreach in the MSU College of Engineering. “They are our future engineers and computer scientists.”

Two recognition awards were presented during the state tournament. For their ongoing support and scholarship, special honors were presented to Satish Udpa, MSU executive vice president for administrative services, and Paulette Granberry Russell, MSU director of inclusion services and senior advisor to MSU President Simon.

The list of 2015 VEX winners are:

2015 VEX Robotics State Champions High School Division

Excellence Award: Haslett High School - VEX Raptors

Tournament Champions:
Detroit Catholic Central High School - The A Team
Detroit Catholic Central High School - Bot Hits the Spot
Haslett High School – VEX Raptors

Tournament Finalists:
Belding High School – Belding Redskins B
Grandville High School – L.O.V.E. M.U.F.F.I.N
Haslett High School – VEX Dragons

Programming Skills Winner:
Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center – Phoenix Robotics B

Robot Skills Winner:
Haslett High School – VEX Raptors

Build Award:
Cranbrook Schools – Stark Industries

Create Award:
DeWitt High School – DeWitt Robotics

Design Award:
Utica Community Schools – Thunderchickens

Judges Award:
Haslett High School – VEX Vortex

The 2015 Michigan VEX Robotics state tournament was won by a three-team alliance: the Haslett High School VEX Raptors and two teams from Detroit Catholic Central High School - the A Team and Bot Hits the Spot.















2015 VEX Robotics State Champions Middle School Division

Excellence Award:
Grandville Middle School – TIDBIT

Tournament Champions:
Grandville Middle School – TIDBIT
Monroe Technology First – Virus A

Tournament Finalists:
Little Traverse Robotics – Technosaurs
Riley Street Middle School – Riley Team 2

Programming Skills:
Grandville Middle School – Automotons

Robot Skills Award:
Cranbrook Schools – Tachyon

Build Award:
Grand Blanc East Middle School – Trutech

Create Award:
Grandville Middle School – The Pain Makers

Design Award:
Grand Blanc East Middle School – Major Trouble

Judges Award:
Monroe Technology First – Virus C

"VEX is an excellent way for students to learn the basics of engineering and teamwork,” added Bob Watson, K-12 outreach/robotics coordinator for MSU’s College of Engineering. “It is a direct response to our country’s need for constantly improving innovations."

These teams are headed to the world championship games from the Michigan VEX state tournament:

High school division

Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center – Phoenix Robotics
Belding – Belding Redskins B
Detroit Catholic Central High School – Bot Hits the Spot
Detroit Catholic Central High School – The A Team
DeWitt – DeWitt Robotics
Grand Traverse Academy – Grand Traverse Academy 4
Grandville – Exquisite
Grandville – Inverted
Grandville – L.O.V.E. M.U.F.F.I.N.
Grandville – Squirtle Squad
Haslett – Haslett VEX Dragons
Haslett – Haslett VEX Raptors
Utica Community Schools – Thunderchickens

Middle School Division

Cranbook Schools – Tachyon
Grand Blanc – Major Trouble
Grandville – TIDBIT
Grandville – Automotons
Monroe – Virus
Riley Street Middle School – Riley Team 2

Haslett VEX Raptors
Winning the 2015 VEX state championship qualifies the team to return to the world games to defend their national title. Last year, the VEX Raptors beat the best 430 high school teams representing 5,500 teams from 33 countries to win the coveted VEX Robotics World Championship Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor in the VEX Robotics Championship high school division. The Haslett Robotics teams are coached by Claus Buchholz, Kim Schramm, and Mike Scott.

This year's game is called VEX Skyrise. Teams compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field. The competition is designed to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.This year’s VEX game
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 STEM careers.

This year’s game is called VEX Skyrise. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – compete in matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period followed by one minute and 45 seconds of driver-controlled play. Robots are smaller than 18 inches x 18 inches x 18 inches. See a video of this year’s game at: http://www.vexrobotics.com/wiki/Skyrise

Students compete in multiple tournaments on their way to the state finals, providing opportunities for the teams to integrate changes and improve their troubleshooting skills.

Winners from the four top team alliances, along with the Excellence and Design Award winners, will receive an invitation to the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, April 15-18. The intense four-day annual robotics-engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from more than 25 countries to further inspire their interest in STEM.

MSU and VEX
Michigan State University is the largest university sponsor of VEX Robotics in Michigan. MSU sponsors more than 30 teams around the state, many of them from underrepresented schools. MSU students help VEX team members learn the principles of engineering as they design and build their robots for competition.