Over 40 teams competed at 2nd annual VEX Robotics Tournament at Central

posted Jan 23, 2020, 12:22 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 12:22 PM ]

Central Middle School hosted its second annual VEX Robotics Competition, sponsored by Phillips 66, on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The event had 26 middle school teams and 16 high school teams, including students from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Nowata. Last year, there was only a middle school division with 12 in attendance. 

Teams from Tulsa Will Rogers, Cimarron, and Verdigris place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the middle school tournament while a Central team won the Sportsmanship Award.

Central had five teams that competed and two of those teams were champions in earlier first-ever tournaments. Central teams recently qualified for state competition and last year won the Oklahoma Technology Student Association championship to advance to nationals.

This year’s competition was Tower Takeover, where two alliances composed of two teams each competed in matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period following by a 105-second driver-controlled period. The object of the game was to attain a higher score than the opposing team in placing cubes in towers or scoring cubes in goals.

Many school and community volunteers made the event possible. The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 24,000 teams from 61 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

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