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Saturday, January 28 was the 4th annual Mountain Lion Vex IQ Robotics Challenge hosted by Alpine Elementary IB World School in St Vrain Valley Schools in Longmont, CO. It was spectacular! 22 teams from around Longmont competed in several events.
Vex IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for young students and their teachers. Students can jump right in and snap robots together using this intuitive, toolless system. Educators utilize VEX IQ Curriculum to help teach valuable lessons and skills needed in today’s changing world (http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq?ref=hometile).
In school clubs, students meet several times a week to build, create, program and re-iterate their bots to complete the annual challenge. Students must work with other teams to create an alliance on the competition field to complete different challenges during matches. This unique collaborative nature of competition fosters many 21st century skills, including creativity, communication, and critical thinking, all while developing individual character and sportsmanship.
Teams can receive awards for different events at this tournament. Students can show off their driving skills in the Skills Challenge, and follow that up with Programming, showing how well their robot can work autonomously, with limited human interaction. The Teamwork Challenge Award focuses on the two team alliance that earns the highest score in the Teamwork Challenge Finals matches. The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. The Judges Award is presented to the team that the judges decide is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, including exemplary effort and perseverance. The Sportsmanship Award is presented to a team that earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event. This team is a true role model for others. The STEM Research Project Award is presented to the team that develops and delivers an effective research project presentation and demonstrates a significant depth of understanding of their research topic. The recipient of the Excellence Award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX IQ robotics program.
At the Mountain Lion Tournament, Alpine Teams walked away with four awards. Team Anonymous received the STEM Research Award. They also received the Excellence Award, the highest honor and a state qualifying award! Team Robot Dragons received the Design Award and Team Techno was awarded Skills Challenge. We are so proud of ALL of our teams for their dedication and hard work. The teamwork, sportsmanship, collaboration and critical thinking in which these teams engage daily is a remarkable testament to what kids can do!
Alpine Teams will be competing in their next challenge this Saturday, February 7 at Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, CO and again at the State Tournament at Trailridge Middle School in Longmont. Wish us luck at both of these events!