I have had many parents stop by the robotics center to inquire about a program for elementary students. I am happy to share with you that there is such a program but it is not part of Hudsonville Robotics – yet.
VexIQ is a robotics building platform that is similar to the VexEDR program that we offer middle and high school students. The parts are similar to the Lego Mindstorms and the robots are fully programmable.
Competition is played on a 4 x 8 foot field where pairs of teams collaborate to earn a score. Hudsonville Robotics is on its third year of our VexEDR program and we are looking for a group of parents of elementary students that want to give their children an opportunity to learn robotics and compete in tournaments.
The robots are designed, built and programmed by student teams so parents do not need to be technical to support a team. It is helpful to have access to someone that has an engineering / mechanical mindset but that role is simply to mentor.
From Vex Robotics: Students are the only individuals who design, build, repair, and program the Robot, with minimal adult assistance. Adults may assist Students in urgent situations, however adults should never work on a Robot without Students on that Team being present and actively participating.
The age range for VexIQ is 8 to 14 and then students can transition to VexEDR starting in 7th grade. The competitions season typically is in the fall and both Grandville and Jension schools have teams and are hosting tournaments.
If you have a child that would be interested in the VexIQ then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to organize a meeting if we receive enough interest. There are a few parents that are working to kick-start this program and I will work to coordinate the communication.
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