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Anderson University Hosts VEX Robotics K-12 Competition

Students use remotes to control their hand-designed robots, while a professor emcees the action taking place.
 

Anderson, Ind. -- On Dec. 2, 2017, Anderson University’s School of Science and Engineering hosted hundreds of K-12 students and their coaches and families in the Kardatzke Wellness Center for the third annual Raven-VEX Robotics competition. Eighty AU faculty, staff, students, and close friends served as volunteer referees, emcees, and provided other assistance throughout the day.

The competition consisted of 109 teams in three age groups: 37 in elementary, 42 in middle school, and 30 in high school. Elementary and middle school teams competed in the VEX-IQ team competitions while high school teams competed in the more advanced VEX-VRC team competition. Student teams and their robots were judged in several categories including STEM presentations. Students competed for an opportunity to advance to the state finals.

Chad Wallace, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, said, “At AU, we are rapidly growing in our science, engineering, computer science, and information security areas. We think it is important to invest in these talented young people as they are our future STEM students and society’s future STEM professionals. It was a pleasure having these students on our beautiful AU campus.”

Three young students work to improve their robot at the VEX competition.The winning teams for Raven-VEX 2017 were:

High School VEX-VRC

Excellence Award: PigPen from Park Tudor Middle School, Indianapolis, IN

Tournament Champions: Bow Tie Bot and surebreC from Triton Central High School, Fairland, IN; and Ajax from Trinity Lutheran, Seymour, IN

Design Award: Ajax from Trinity Lutheran, Seymour, IN

Judges Award: UnderDog from Crown Point High School

Robot Skills Winner: PigPen from Park Tudor Middle School

VEX IQ - Middle School

Excellence Award: Nuggets {[Orange]} from Klondike Middle School, Lafayette, IN

Teamwork Champion: Cross Driven from Horizon Christian School, Indianapolis and Hamilton Design Robotics, Indianapolis, IN

Design Award: HCS Eagles: Atlantians from Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis

Judges Award: HCS Eagles: Joules from Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis

Robot Skills Winner: Nuggets {[Orange]} from Klondike Middle School, Lafayette, IN

STEM Research Project Award: Robonauts from Our Lady of Grace School, Noblesville, IN

VEX IQ - Elementary School

Excellence Award: Hamilton Design Robotics, Indianapolis

Teamwork Champion: Immanuel Warrior, Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour, IN and Hamilton Design Robotics from Indianapolis

Design Award: HCS Eagles: Gremlins from Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis

Judges Award: Robo Ninjas from Northwestern Elementary School, Kokomo, IN

Robot Skills Winner: Immanuel Warrior, Immanuel Lutheran School, Seymour, IN

STEM Research Project Award: Cyborgs from Frankton Elementary, Frankton, IN

VEX Robotics is a leading provider of robotics products, both educational and competitive, to schools, universities, and robotics teams around the world. It was founded in 2004 by Tony Norman, an electrical engineer, and Bob Mimlitch, a mechanical engineer. VEX Robotics competitions are designed to spark STEM interest in students through explorative learning.

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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