Teams of students design, build, and code robots each year to play a brand-new game.
They use a collection of stock Vex parts to keep the competition even, however, their personal skills will determine their success.
Applying basic STEM concepts to a competitive atmosphere increases student engagement and makes lessons feel more “real”
About this course
This course has been designed to give students an opportunity to experience the Vex Robotics program without committing to a 12 week season. We will give students an opportunity to build a basic robot, program the control systems, and teach it to drive autonomously. These are all skills that they can use during the competition season.
Students will use basic tools to assemble steel parts, connect motors into the control system, use a PC to program the robot to talk with the controller, and the program the robot to run by itself.
Classes will be at the Hudsonville Freshman Campus – room #334. All tools and equipment will be provided. No food or drinks in the room (other than a water bottle that closes) and we discourage the use of portable devices.
As the 2016-17 season comes to a close I wanted to share some key points on the state of the Hudsonville Robotics program.
The EDR program (HS/MS) had 66 students with seven high school and eight middle school teams. The teams earned 39 awards including three Excellence, five Design, and 16 Tournament Champion. Nine teams advanced to the Regional level, seven teams advanced to States, and four teams attended the World Tournament.
Hudsonville Robotics collaborated with Hudsonville Public Schools to offer an independent study program for four high schools students. The course was a success and we plan on having further conversations with HPS to see how it can improve.
This year Hudsonville Robotics added a VexIQ pilot program for students in grades 4-6. There were 25 students on five teams. The teams earned two awards this year and two of the teams advanced to the State finals.
We have added two new members to the board, Dana Jones and Tom Elenbaas to coordinate the VexIQ program.
On May 25 we hosted an open house with over 50 new students interested in the program.
We plan on offering summer courses for both EDR and IQ to give students opportunities to work with the robots in preparation for the 2017 fall competition season.
We are meeting with the Event Partners in Michigan to plan the tournament offerings for next year.
A big thank you to all of the families that showed interest in the robotics program last night. I was happy to see so many students.
We will be compiling a list and sending out emails to those that are interested in our summer programs. If you would like to be added to our distribution then please send an email to info@HudsonvilleRobotics.com.
We do have our first summer offering for middle and high school students through Community Education at this link
Hudsonville Robotics will be hosting an open house on Thu, May 25 at the Freshman Campus cafeteria from 7 – 8 pm.
If your student is interested in STEM then join us to learn more about competitive robotics. We will be sharing information about the high school and middle school VexEDR program and the newly expanded VexIQ elementary school program for grades 4th – 6th, introducing the new game and we will have our world tournament robots on display.
We will also be recognizing our teams and volunteers and sharing the results from this year’s program.
Two Hudsonville VexIQ teams are headed to the state finals. Team 15103B : South and 15103D : Riley Too will be competing at Charlotte Middle School on Saturday, Feb 25. See the events page for details and Go Eagles!
It was an exciting day of robotics at the State of Michigan Vex Robotics Tournament at MSU with four of our teams directly qualifying for the world tournament in April.
MS team 8860D The Flock won the Excellence Award. This is the highest award given at a Vex Robotics tournament.
Two HS teams, 6715B Justified Jank and 8031D C.I.A., aligned in the elimination rounds and were tournament finalists. Also qualifying based on their state skill score is HS team 8031E 01010001 [Q] ranked seventh with 53 points.
Teams competed in qualification and elimination matches, used their diving and programming talent in the individual skills events and were judged by the MSU engineering students and faculty.