Vexmen Win Two Design Awards At Vex Worlds

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.
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Vexmen Spring Classes Starting March 29th and 30th
The Vexmen will be offering educational classes again this spring with two offerings. Classes run for 8 sessions and have an additional cost of $100 to cover supplies.

The Tuesday class will focus on build techniques and firefighting competition. This class is aimed primarily at roboteers who have completed their first season in robotics and can now appreciate the finer points of robot construction and assembly. At the end of this course, students should be able to construct a more stable and stronger robot than at the beginning of class. They will be introduced to the engineering design process and how it applies to Vex robotics (so you can have an awesome design notebook next season)

The Wednesday class is about programming techniques and will use Robot C virtual worlds. This class is aimed at roboteers who have some experience in robotics and Robot C who want to control their robot better. If you use copy and paste to program your robot, this class is for you.
Learn more here

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 lookign 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

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