The Hudsonville Robotics leadership is busy planning for next season and revising our registration documentation. As soon as we have everything in place we will be sending out a mass email and delivering copies of the registration documents to each school office.
We can share with you that the final date for registration will be Thursday, September 7 and we will be hosting a registration open house that night for any final entries. We have numerous students interested in the program with a finite number of spots so you will want to get your registration with payment in as soon as possible.
Hudsonville Robotics is available to Hudsonville Public School students. VexIQ is for grades 4th through 6th, VexEDR MS is for grades 7th & 8th, and VexEDR HS is for grades 9th – 12th.
Send an email to email@example.com with your contact information, student’s name and school, and we will add you to the distribution list.
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.
The REC Foundation has started a program called to to increase the number of girls involved with education and competition programs. This year 11% of our students were girls and 1/3 of our state qualifying teams had female members. While the Vex Robotics competition model is a pretty even playing field when it comes to gender and many of our teams were indifferent as to the gender of their teammates, we still want to educate parents and the community that this is a great program for introducing all students to S.T.E.M. related skills.
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!