Vexmen Team 80Y Cypher Medals at 2015 VEX World Championship
On Saturday, April 18, 2015 team 80Y Cypher of the Vexmen took home multiple honors at the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championship held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Team 80Y earned the Middle School Opportunity Division Champions but then lost to Singapore allied teams in the Middle School Tournament finals for overall world championship. The Cypher team was also awarded the Middle School Opportunity Division Excellence Award which honors the overall top performing robotics team in the division both on the field and through their design.
80Y Cypher did extremely well overall and placed 5th in the world for autonomous programming skills and 10th in the world for robot skills among middle school teams. Cypher partnered with two Chinese teams: 8192B from Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers Science & Technology Activity Center, and 7932A from the Fuqing Yuping Central Primary School to win the Middle School Opportunity Division Championship and Tournament Finalist awards.
The Vexmen sent three teams to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the 2015 Vex Robotics World Championships. All three teams qualified to be judged for overall design and competed fiercely in competition. The two Vexmen middle school teams were team 80N Nightcrawler and team 80Y Cypher; the high school team representing the Vexmen was team 81M Mystique.
Teams design, build, and program robots that they create from a clean sheet of paper using official Vex Robotics materials. Vexmen teams compete with their robots at regional events through Pennsylvania, culminating in the Pennsylvania State Championships. A limited number of robots advance from each state to Vex Worlds.
The Downingtown based Vexmen teams compete in the Vex Robotics Competition which is largest and fastest growing robotics competition in the world with over 12,000 teams coming from 33 countries. The top robots are invited to the Vex World Championships and showcases over 800 teams in five groups from elementary through college.
This is the fifth consecutive year the Vexmen have won an award at the Vex Robotics World Championships and their first division championship crown. 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.