Front Porch: 2C robotics teams headed to world championships

By March 18, 2018April 30th, 2018No Comments

Northwest Nazarene University hosted the Idaho VEX Robotics Competition State Championship on March 2. Over 30 high school and middle school teams participated, and of those 30, Ridgevue High School’s HAVOC team was one of four teams to qualify for the world championship in April!

Technically, there are supposed to be five teams that qualify — three tournament champions and two Excellence Award winners — but HAVOC qualified as both a tournament champion and by winning an Excellence Award. The Excellence Award goes to the team with the best overall robot. This includes their robot skills scores, engineering notebook, interview and tournament performance.

Cheers to the HAVOC duo: Ryan Phillips and Cole Krmpotich, who are both seniors at Ridgevue.

Enthusiastic applause is also due to Caldwell High School’s Ares Ballistics team, which walked away with the competition’s Design Award. This means they did an impressive job recording everything that went into the design of their robot, from their original drawings to the results of all their troubleshooting efforts. Basically, out of everyone, an engineer would have loved this team the most.

Also at the state championship were a team from East Valley Middle School, five other Ridgevue teams, three other Caldwell High teams and a team from Vallivue.

Syringa robotics team eligible for VEX IQ world championship

In similar news, Syringa Middle School hosted the fourth annual Idaho State VEX IQ Championship (it’s a robotics competition) on March 10, and its Beauties and the Beasts team won the Excellence Award! The team is headed to the VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.

This is especially cool because Guinness World Records recognizes the weeklong event as the largest robotics competition on Earth. Over 1,400 teams will compete, and technology companies will send representatives, as well, though not to compete.

Good luck, guys! I’m so excited for you!

Other awards went to teams from Wood River Middle School in Hailey.

For the wonderers: VEX, a national robotics organization, gives teachers a curriculum to follow so teaching STEM concepts is easier for them and fun for the kids. “IQ” designates the age group: elementary and middle school.

Vision Charter student going to FIRST World Championship

Yes, today is Robotics Day on the Front Porch. These things happen.

Vision Charter School’s Patrick Millar, who is in that STEM Legacy team I mentioned, is on the FIRST dean’s list finalist, which means he is headed on to the FIRST World Championship in Houston in April!

Patrick was chosen for the dean’s list because of his demonstrated leadership, technical expertise, passion, commitment to the ideals of FIRST and a host of other things.

Good luck, Patrick, and don’t get lost in Texas. It’s a big state. We’d never find you again.


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