VEX Robotics 2016

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Feb. 22, 2016

Haslett VEX Raptors win 2016 VEX state championship

The Haslett VEX Raptors, the 2014 world champions of the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award, were tournament champions at this year's Michigan VEX Robotics state championship tournament and also won the Michigan 2016 Excellence Award on Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Michigan State University Jenison Field House.

There were 74 teams, including 48 high school and 26 middle school teams, competing at the 2016 state games -- each working for the right to represent Michigan in the 2016 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Ky., April 20-23.

Photos, photos, photos: see the winning teams with their bling; tournament action shots, Sparty; and more at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/msuengineering-pr/albums/72157665020670875

 

The 2016 MSU VEX High School State Championship results are:

Award Name, Winning Team, Team Name, School/Sponsor, Hometown

Excellence Award, Team 7581H, Haslett VEX Raptors, MSU College of Engineering, East Lansing/Haslett

Tournament Champion, Team 7581H, Haslett VEX Raptors, MSU College of Engineering, East Lansing/HaslettThe 2016 VEX Robotics Michigan high school tournament champions were an alliance of the VEX Raptors from Haslett, Made of Steel from Cranbrook Schools, and ThunderChickens from Utica Schools.

Tournament Champion, Team 35A, Made of Steel, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Tournament Champion, Team 217D, ThunderChickens, Utica Community Schools, Macomb

Tournament Finalist, Team 33A, Killer Bees, Notre Dame Prep, Pontiac

Tournament Finalist, Team 35, Terminal Velocity, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Tournament Finalist, Team 4911A, High Voltage, Michiana Youth Robotics and Engineering, Niles

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 35B, The Baylyfe Brigade, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 5801, Robo Storm, T.E.A.C.H. Homeschool, Grawn

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 39, The Zip Ties, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 3767B, Titan Robotics, West Senior High School, Traverse City

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 8717A, Troy IMC, Troy High School, Troy

Tournament Semifinalist, Team 288A, Robotic Legion, Grandville High School, Grandville

Robot Skills Champion, Team 69, Hav U Seen?, Independent, Bloomfield Hills

Programming Skills Champion, Team 35B, The Baylyfe Brigade, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Build Award, Team 2030D, Pawl, Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi

Create Award, Team 2581B, BCAMSC Phoenix Robotics, MSU College of Engineering, East Lansing

Design Award, Team 217D, ThunderChickens, Utica Community Schools, Macomb

Judges Award, Team 3547B, VirusB, Technology First, Monroe

The 2016 MSU VEX Middle School State Championship results are: Among the teams competing at the state tournament was the Little Traverse Robotics from Petoskey.

Excellence Award, Team 8458C, Little Traverse Robotics, Petoskey

Tournament Champion, Team 32B, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills 

Tournament Champion, Team 8762, NTCNA RoboNISMO, Farmington Hills 

Tournament Champion, Team 9678X, Grand Blanc West Middle School, Grand Blanc

Programming Skills Winner, Team 457C, Jenison Robotics, Jenison

Robot Skills Winner, Team 32B, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Build Award, Team 6133B, Clawson Middle School, Clawson

Create Award, Team 8153F, Riley Street Middle School, Hudsonville

Design Award, Team 6838C, Grand Blanc East Middle School, Grand Blanc

Judges Award, Team 6133C, Clawson Middle School, Clawson

 

Feb. 15, 2016

Michigan's largest ever VEX Robotics championship is Feb. 21 at Jenison Field House  

The largest VEX Robotics state championship ever hosted in Michigan is set for Sunday, Feb. 21, at Michigan State University's Jenison Field House in East Lansing.The largest VEX Robotics state championship in Michigan is set for Feb. 21 at MSU's Jenison Fieldhouse. Events are free and open to public - and energetic, and fun, and competitive! 

Seventy-four teams, including 48 high school and 26 middle school teams, will compete at the state games from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The young robotics masters will challenge each other for top state honors and the right to represent Michigan in the 2016 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Ky., April 20-23. 

Teams will travel from across Michigan to compete at the state tournament. Fifteen high school and six middle school teams will qualify for the world championship. 

"VEX Robotics challenges our state's youngest aspiring engineers and designers, and draws them into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in fun, interesting, and competitive ways,” said Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship and K-12 outreach in MSU's College of Engineering.

“The tournaments around Michigan, and the championship games here at MSU, have a tremendous impact on recruiting future engineers by encouraging and recognizing their talents in the technical fields," Kim added. 

Kim said the VEX games are a family-oriented event that are free and open to the public. Elimination rounds run from 2-5 p.m., with awards handed out at approximately 5 p.m.  

Drew Kim welcomes participants and special guests, including Sparty.

This year's game, “Nothing But Net,” is played by two competing alliances of two teams each on a 12-foot by 12-foot square field. Teams score goals by shooting rubber foam balls into low and high baskets, and can score additional points by elevating their robots in a climbing zone at the end of the match.

Matches include both autonomous play by the robots and almost two minutes of driver-controlled action.  

"This year's game is quite different than from the past,” explained Bob Watson, K-12 outreach/robotics coordinator for MSU’s College of Engineering. “They are shooting foam rubber balls, so teams have to learn about flywheel rpms and moving devices." 

Watson noted that because students compete in multiple tournaments, they learn to integrate changes and improve their troubleshooting skills. 

"This year's game is very creative, but there is lots of teamwork needed, too," Watson added. "I know it'll be a lot of fun."

 


MSU and VEX

Michigan State University was the first in the national to host a VEX state championship tournament, with state finals starting in Michigan four years ago.  

MSU is the largest university sponsor of VEX Robotics in Michigan with 30 teams around the state, many of them from underrepresented schools.  

A large corps of 130-140 volunteers, many of them MSU engineering students, help VEX team members learn the principles of engineering as they design and build their robots for competition.

This year's game, “Nothing But Net," challenges teams to score goals shooting foam rubber balls.