The Vexmen of Brandywine Robotics

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First Vexmen Kids Meeting September 28th

We had a successful parents meeting tonight (9/27) at the old Waterloo warehouse on Creamery Way. Bob went over some of the changes for this year, and a brief overview of Vex for the newcomers. It seems everyone found the building just fine so hope to see everyone again tomorrow.

  • Dues are increased this year to $200 due to the need to buy 10 new robots and Cortexes.
  • We are capping the number of kids to 100 due to logistics, cost, and space considerations.
  • We will be limiting teams to 5 kids per team as it gives each kid more of an opportunity to have hands on participation with the creation, programming, and driving of the robot in competitions.
  • There are four main Middle School only events we will want all teams to participate in this year
  • Several other robot events are available but seem to take up every single weekend in January and February. So these are optional and will have more High School competition.
  • We would encourage more parents to become mentors. The more mentors we have on a team, the more kids can get out of the program.

The first meeting of the Vexmen for kids will be tomorrow, September 28th, at 6:30pm at 427 Creamery Way, Exton. We will meet there until we know more about space at STEM Academy or somewhere else that might open up, or maybe we’ll be lucky enough to stay at Creamery Way. We are in talks of with the school district about using one of the schools for our meetings going forward so tonight will hopefully be our last meeting at this location. Keep an eye out for additional emails and blog posts.

At tonight’s meeting we will be assigning kids to 20 teams, and choosing teams to come on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. We will also go over the new game Gateway!

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[spacer szie=”5″] Map to the current building

Meetings

We meet once a week from 6:30 – 8:30 from now through the end of April. Starting next week we will be building with steel parts. Make sure your kids wear jeans and closed toe shoes when they come to build.

Weeks leading up to events where we compete with the robots will offer extra build nights. These are optional nights when our doors will be open if the kids want to get some extra practice in or need to finish something so the robot is ready.

Parents

It is not required but we strongly encourage parents to attend the meetings with their kids. No one cares more about your child’s education than you do. Teams with parent involvement get the most out of this program. Some teams are able to have all the parents attend. No experience required and we will offer mentor training to those that are interested.

Costs

The club will cost $200 to participate this year. This is due by October 31st. In early November we will order shirts for the club. We sell these to the students for $15 to cover the cost of printing.

All the money collected by the club goes into the cost of operation, parts, team and event registration fees. If you have questions about the fees please feel free to contact me by email. If you are unsure that your child will be interested in the club you are free to participate through the end of October before deciding. If your child is interested but you are unable to pay this fee please contact me directly and we can work something out.

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