Robots Claim Victory at Sequoyah Schools Robotic Competition

12/22/2011
December 22, 2011
 Students at the VEX Robotic Competition competed head-to-head to claim victory and advance to the 2012 world and national championships.
Students at the VEX Robotic Competition competed head-to-head to claim victory and advance to the 2012 world and national championships.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Sequoyah Schools recently hosted a regional robotics competition that invited more than 60 teams to compete for a spot in the 2012 VEX Robotics World and National Championships. Five teams were selected to compete, including Flower Mound High School, Westville Public Schools, Sequoyah Schools, Lawton Public Schools and Ponca City High School.

The VEX Robotics Competition, which hosts more than 250 tournaments worldwide, aims to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to classrooms in a fun way. Guided by teachers and mentors, students aim to build the most innovative robots possible. The best teams then advance to compete head-to-head in national and world championships.

Daniel Faddis, an education outreach specialist for Cherokee Nation and one of the event’s organizers, said the large turn-out allowed the judges to pick strong teams to represent the region at world and national championships.

Flower Mound High School took first place as tournament champions and will move on to represent their school at the 2012 VEX Robotics High School World Championship and the U.S. National Vex Robotics Championship. Flower Mound also received the excellence award.

Runner-up for the excellence award went to Westville Public Schools, who will advance to the high school and middle school world and national championships.

Sequoyah Schools took home three qualifying awards, tournament champion runner-up, tournament finalist and first place for design. The awards will advance Sequoyah Schools to the 2012 VEX Robotics World Championship and the U.S. National Championship.

Tournament champion second runner-up was Lawton Public Schools, who will take its team, Chewbakoid Robotics, to the world and national championships. Ponca City High School took home second and third place as tournament finalists and will also compete in the U.S. National VEX Robotics Championship.

“Events like this promote science and technology education while providing kids with a hands-on learning experience,” Faddis said. “Hopefully events like Saturday’s contest will help spark an interest among middle school and high school students in robotics and other STEM-related fields.”

The winning teams and runner-ups will join the best of the best at the 2012 VEX Robotics World Championships in Anaheim, Calif. on April 19 – 21. The U.S. National Championships will take place in Omaha, Neb. in March.

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