VEX Robotics Tournament
Twenty-one teams from Central and Eastern Washington competed in the Spokane Valley Tech VEX Robotics Challenge Tournament on January 26th at Spokane Valley Tech (SVT). The action-packed day required middle and high school students to execute the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition game, Turning Point, which is played by stacking caps on posts, by flipping caps, by stacking balls on caps, by toggling flags by throwing balls, and by parking robots on scoring platforms. The students learn about electronics, programming, mechanical systems, 3D CAD, and materials fabrication throughout their build season. The Tournament Champions were team 609B of Toppenish High School and team 7069D of Toppenish Middle School. Team 1151B of SVT earned a Judge’s Award. The SVT Teams are rebuilding and applying what they learned from competition to continue their season with a rematch against the Toppenish teams at their tournament at Toppenish High School on Feb 9th. Teams competed in 42 qualifier matches before starting the single elimination afternoon tournament. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Erik Flodin of CVHS for his role as both the Head Referee and his stepping in as event Announcer as well.
VEX Competitions are recognized as the largest and fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and college aged students around the world. VEX Competitions represent over 20,000 teams from 45 countries that participate in more than 1,500 VEX Competition events worldwide. The competition season culminates each spring, with VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky, an event that unites top qualifying teams from local, state, regional and international VEX Robotics Competitions to crown World Champions.