The Vexmen of Brandywine Robotics

Vexmen Registration Through Sept 7, 2016

Vexmen Sign Up Time Is Here


It is that time of year again, time to start the new Vexmen season! This is the time of year we start opening our doors and making new teams on the Vexmen. We run two Vex competitions across middle school and high school grades – Vex VRC and Vex IQ.

We will have two information sessions on September 6th and 7th at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center cafeteria. Please choose a night that matches when you will be able to come on a regular basis. Additionally, please fill out a registration form so we can better figure out capacity.

New Member Registration Form

The Vexmen build robots and compete at the local, state, and international levels. Teams are comprised of 4-5 student roboteers along with 2-3 adult mentors. Each team builds and programs their own robot of their own design each season. We are a club but robots compete against each other.

You can learn more about the Vexmen season here:
www.vexmen.com/about/
and how our season operates here:
www.vexmen.com/about/vexmen-season-overview/

Due to the Vexmen’s unprecedented growth over the last two years, we will only be able to accept a limited number of new students through an online application process. 2015 was an explosive growth year for us and we actually exceeded our 5-year growth plan in a single shot making the Vexmen the world’s largest Vex Robotics Competition organization.

A number of factors including building space, competition space, and our ability to provide a world class program requires us to limit new members in a way that helps us maintain our organization in a sustainable manner.

Additionally, the Downingtown Area School District (DASD) rewrote its facilities usage requirements over the summer and placed restrictions on the percentage of non-DASD students that can be part of an external organization like the Vexmen and still receive the discounted and priority facilities access that is essential to our operation.

The most direct way that we can concentrate on serving our needs and our local Downingtown community is to give first priority to new students living within the DASD boundaries. We are unsure at this point if local demand will be too high to allow us to accept any new Vexmen from outside the DASD geographic area.

Please fill out the registration form above and our first informational meetings will be on September 6th and 7th. Please fill the registration form prior to attending even if you do not know if you want to participate yet.

6:30 – 8:30pm 9/6/16 and 9/7/16
Marsh Creek 6th Grade Center
450 Dorlan Mill Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335
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Two Vexmen Teams Win Design Awards At Vex World Championships
Vexmen middle school teams 80M Mercury, 80W Warpath, and 92P Phoenix traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 2016 VEX Robotics World Championship, held April 20-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. To qualify, teams had to win one of the top awards at PA States. Team 80M Mercury won the Excellence Award in Middle School, team 80W Warpath won the middle school division, and team 92P Phoenix won the IQ design award. All three Vexmen teams were judged for overall design and competed strongly in competition. In the end, teams Warpath and Phoenix independently earned coveted division “Design Awards.”

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Team 80W Warpath performed extremely well in the VEX Robotics Competition Opportunity Division placing 12th out of 84 teams in the qualifying rounds and 12th in autonomous robot skills where the robots are programmed to operate with no human interaction.

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Team 92P Phoenix exceeded expectations in their first year of competing in the VEX IQ Challenge by placing 47th in autonomous robot skills out of 200 teams in the middle school division.

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The “Design Award” is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project management, time management and team organization. The winning team will be able to describe to judges through a presentation how they created and implemented an efficient and productive design process to effectively manage their time and resources to accomplish their project goals.

Team 80M Mercury showed their skills by placing 19th out of more than 170 teams in the VRC middle school division for autonomous skills and 27th overall for driver skills.

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This year’s VEX Robotics World Championship tournament was certified by Guinness as the largest robotics tournament ever with over one-thousand teams in attendance. The Downingtown based Vexmen teams are the largest Vex Robotics club in the world as well! We compete in the Vex Robotics Competition which is largest and fastest growing robotics competition in the world with over 14,000 teams coming from 38 countries. The top robots are invited to the Vex World Championships and showcases over 1000 teams in five groups from elementary through college.

This is the seventh consecutive year the Vexmen have won an award at the Vex Robotics World Championships and their first time in Vex IQ. The Vexmen strive to educate and enhance their STEM education from elementary through high school with direct parental involvement and guidance. Students learn engineering, programming, building skills, presentation skills, and competitive drive.
New Vex Part Ordering Process
We are now using our new online parts ordering process. This online order form does not actually order the parts but it helps assemble the needs of each teams in a consolidated manner. It is not a real order and should not be used by anyone outside of the Vexmen. (We’ve had quite a few external orders looking for out of stock Vex parts like the Turbo Gears) That’s why there is no credit card entry at check out and no SSL secure pages. The reports at the end make it an easier process for us to manage ordering for 34 teams.

Read more on the blog entry or you can start here to browse the categories on the shopping URLhttp://www.vexmen.com/shop/

Vex Parts Selection

Please select from the following Vex products for your team’s order. These forms do not directly order the parts but allow us to consolidate the order into one single order per week.
Get Your Vexmen Gear! Magnets & Stickers Available
You can pick up Vexmen car magnets or large stickers for $5 each on any club meeting night. Show your Vexmen pride on you car as you ride around town! We also have a few short sleeve Nave and Carolina Blue t-shirts available for $15 as well.
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Where to find the Vexmen:
Downingtown 6th Grade Center
450 Dorlan Mill Rd
Downingtown, PA 19335

205 Byers Rd
Chester Springs, PA 19425