We are excited to get as many students involved in our program as possible but we learned last year that some ages are not ready for the level of commitment required with the Vex EDR program. Many of the sixth grade students had a tough time using the technology which lead to frustration and this is not how we want students to experience robotics. The other thing we learned is that all of the schools we compete against don’t have 6th grade in their middle schools.
As an alternative we are looking to start VexIQ teams for grades 4th – 6th and both Grandville and Jenison have programs. The robots are easier to build and the students have a better experience at competitions. We currently don’t have a VexIQ program but we do have a few interested parents that would like to start teams this year. Jenison has also agreed to help us so we are working on aligning with their program.
If you are interested in getting involved with your student then please send an email to info@HudsonvilleRobotics.com.
For more details on VexIQ see this post: Robotics for 4th – 6th Grade Students