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Interested in sponsoring Jenison Robotics?
Sponsorship for 2021/22 season now open!

We need your help! Deadline for sponsorship Sept. 28th

Jenison Robotics Teams Qualify For Virtual Worlds!

Team 2140 - E=Mc^2

Team 2140 - E=Mc^2

Congratulations to the Jenison Robotics High School team 2140A ( E=Mc^2) for winning the Think Award and coming in 3rd place at the 2021 VEX Robotics Michigan High School State Championship!. They are now qualified to attend VEX Robotics Virtual Worlds in May!

Jenison Middle School Robotics Teams at State

Jenison Robotics Middle School teams did an amazing job at the 2021 VEX Robotics Middle School Michigan State Championship.

  • 457E (Woulda Should Coulda) won Excellence (The Top Award!)
  • 457B (Llama Lords) won Design
  • 457C (Vex Nuts) won Amaze
  • 457D ( Grinding Reapers) and 457C( Vex Nuts) won Tournament Finalists.
All 4 teams are qualified to attend VEX Robotics Virtual Worlds in May!

Latest News & Events

Jenison Robotics Center logo

Have you seen our new building on Baldwin? We are using it already for our Jr. High and High School programs, and getting it ready for our Elementary school ones!

VEX IQ
Grades 4-6

Registration for Fall 2021 is now closed. Teams are now starting practice, and getting ready for their first competitions!

VEX VRC
Grades 7-12

VEX VRC Fall 2021 Signup For Grades 7-12 Now Closed! Deadline for applications was June 8th, 2021

VEX Robotics At Jenison Schools!

What is VEX?

VEX Competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. The VEX Robotics Competition is the biggest and fastest growing robotics competition in the world, currently with over 16,000 teams competing in over 40 countries.  

The VEX Robotics World Championship now holds the Guinness World Record for the largest robotics competition on Earth. Over 20,000 participants from 1,100 teams representing 30 nations travelled to Louisville, KY in 2016 for the chance to be crowned world champion! For Spring 2019, Jenison has qualified and looking to send 5 teams to these World Championships! Three came from our Elementary Schools, and two from the Jenison Jr. High!

VEX Robotics partners with the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing student interest and involvement in STEM programs. The REC Foundation manages the VEX IQ Challenge (for elementary school students), the VEX Robotics Competition (for middle-school and high-school students) and VEX U (for University students). This continuum of programs enables students of all ages to use VEX to compete against their peers around the world.

What is a VEX Competition?

A VEX competition is an event where the robots play against each other in a match of skill. The robots do not damage each other. 

The Jenison 4th-6th grade student teams are entered into VEX IQ competitions that see students work TOGETHER with other teams robots, to maximize their score.  Typically, the teams robots will get a chance to run several Partnership Challenge, and Skill Challenge matches, with the robot that gets the highest accumulated score at the end of a competition receiving recognition. Teams do not "lose" matches, but recognition is given out to teams that display certain skill sets including, design, creativity, and teamwork.

The Jenison 7th-12th grade student teams are entered into VEX VRC competitions. Standard Matches are played between red and blue robot alliances that compete against each other to score points. Alliances are randomly formed of two robots each. Typically, the teams robots will get a chance to run several Standard Matches, and Skill Challenge matches, with the robot that gets the highest accumulated score at the end of a competition receiving recognition. Teams can also receive recognition for displaying certain skill sets including, design, creativity, and teamwork.

There are also "online" and other STEM related projects that the teams of all grades can participate in as well.

Jenison Robotics Worlds Teams 2020

Congratulations to the 5 VEX IQ teams that qualified for the State of Michigan Championships this past Spring 2020! And special congratulations to the 3 Jenison Robotics elementary VEX IQ teams that qualified for WORLDS 2020!

Become A Jenison Robotics Sponsor!

Jenison had over 200 kids, and 34 teams compete in the 2018/19 season. We also sent 5 teams to the World Championships, but need your help! Help sponsor the program today!

Typical VEX Schedule

IQ Dates Grades 4 - 6

  • Registration deadline will be at the Parent Info meeting on Sept. 7, 2021
  • Practices start in September
  • Students will compete in 4 league night competitions beginning in October and ending in November
  • Students will also compete in a full day tournament here at Jenison Junior High - December 11th, 2021

VRC Dates Grades 7-12

  • Applications for Fall competitive teams come out in the Spring, towards the end of the previous school year
  • Practices start in August
  • First Blended League Nights start in September
  • Tournament dates are posted on our Calendar as soon as they are available late summer


NOTES:

  • Dates and times are subject to change
  • Saturday tournaments are all day events, details on our calendar
  • There are other tournament opportunities available

Grades 4-6

"Pitching In"
2021-2022 VEX IQ Challenge

For Grades 4-6, the VEX IQ program forms teams to compete in VEX IQ Challenges. We also offer a one week "summer camp" each year.

The VEX IQ Fall season starts at the beginning of September, with team practices to build and test the robots. The 4-week leagues start in October, with a league championship tournament in November. There is also a separate, all day tournament scheduled for late November, which all teams participate in.

Registration deadline for Grades 4-6 will be posted soon.

Grades 7-12

"Tipping Point"
The 2021-2022 VEX VRC Challenge

For Grades 7-12, our VEX EDR program forms teams to compete in VEX Robotics Competitions (VRC). Applications are available each Spring.

The teams start working on their robots early August, with the first competitive "league nights" starting in September.
The teams compete in their league championships, and at least two all day tournaments.

Registration deadline is June 9th, 2021.

Important Notes:

  • Signup fees are due at enrollment. A student is not fully signed-up until fees are received.
  • This is a parent run program, and we expect/strongly-encourage parents and family members to volunteer to help run the various activities. If we don't get enough volunteers, especially coaches, we will have to limit enrollment. For more information on volunteering, click here.

Become A Jenison Robotics Sponsor!

Jenison had over 200 kids, and 34 teams compete in the 2018/19 season. We also sent 5 teams to the World Championships, but need your help! Help sponsor the program today!

Thank You 2019 - 2020 Supporters

Thanks to the following businesses and individuals for investing in and donating to Jenison Robotics this past season, making this program possible! Together, we are helping students learn incredible skills!

Welcome to Jenison Robotics!

Our goal is to inspire students to pursue careers in science and technology. We do this by creating opportunities for students to engage in after school activities that create a very effective mix of technology and sports.
We stage team based robotics contests where students learn to participate in a fun, enriching, and worthwhile experience. No experience is necessary, we are here to help every participant be successful!

Jenison Robotics is part of the Jenison Parent and Booster Clubs Organization, and is tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(C) (3).

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