2019 VEX Championship winners

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Feb. 27, 2019

Teams from Flint, Grandville and Niles win Michigan’s 2019 VEX Robotics Championship 

Zipties of Grandville won the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award and a two-team alliance from Flint and Niles were tournament champions at the 2019 Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Michigan State University.Zipties of Grandville won the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award at the 2019 Michigan championship, hosted by MSU.

There were 72 high school teams from Michigan’s lower peninsula competing at the 2019 state tourney -- each working for the right to represent Michigan in the 2019 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Kentucky, April 24-27.

Championship contests for middle school teams are at Monroe Community College this year.

In all, around 500 Michigan high school robotic masters attended the championship tournament in MSU’s Jenison Field House.

The 2019 MSU VEX High School State Championship results are:

Excellence Award: Zipties, Team 248A, Grandville Robotics, Grandville. Zipties took a total of three top awards in 2019.

Tournament Champions: A two-team alliance of Mo Peeps, Team 1375A, Carman-Ainsworth Schools, Flint, and High Voltage, Team 4911A, Michiana Youth Robotics and Engineering, Niles

High Voltage of Niles and Mo Peeps of Flint are headed to VEX world games in April as co-tournament champions from Michigan.

Innovate Award: The Zip Ties, Team 39Z, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Amaze Award: High Voltage, Team 4911A, Michiana Youth Robotics and Engineering, Niles

Design Award: Mo Peeps, Team 1375A, Carman-Ainsworth Schools, Flint

Think Award: Rip Carl, Team 39K, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills

Judges Award: Brainstorm, Team 33F, Notre Dame Preparatory, Pontiac

Robot Skills Champion: Zipties, Team 248A, Grandville Robotics, Grandville 

Tournament Finalists:

  • L.A.K. of Lacking, Team 244D, Grandville Robotics, Grandville
  • Zipties, Team 248A, Grandville Robotics, Grandville
  • D+ Is Passing, Team 248F, Grandville Robotics, Grandville
  • Alpha, Team 288A, Grandville Robotics, Grandville
  • Mediocre at Best, Team 288E, Grandville Robotics, Grandville
  • Q, Team 8031E, Hudsonville Robotics, Hudsonville

Drew Kim, assistant to the dean for recruitment, scholarship and K-12 outreach in the MSU College of Engineering, said a lot of energy and skill goes into each VEX Robotics team.

“VEX introduces students to basic robot innovation, working together, troubleshooting, and team fun. MSU is very proud to nurture these young engineers and designers for Michigan’s technology future.” 

Bob Watson, K-12 outreach/robotics coordinator for MSU Engineering, said teams began qualifying at local tournaments in October.

“Teams that win at the local tournaments then qualify for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships and compete for the right to join about 1,500 teams at world games.”VEX Robotics is only possible through dedicated volunteers who coach, mentor, judge, organize and celebrate with tomorrow's technology talent.

This year’s contest, VEX Turning Point, used caps, flags, three-inch balls, and three platforms to score points during timed contests. Students built innovative robots and competed on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field.

Watson said high school teams traveled from Battle Creek, Bloomfield Hills, Cass City, Detroit, DeWitt, Grandville, Haslett, Harbor Beach, Hudsonville, Novi, and Traverse City, among others. View the team list.

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