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! Spring 2017, Jenison qualified and sent 6 teams to these World Championships! Five came from our Elementary Schools, and one 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.
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.
Five Jenison Elementary School Teams Competed in the 2017 VEX IQ World Championships!
For Grades 4-6 we form VEX IQ teams, to compete in VEX IQ Challenges.
VEX IQ Fall season started on September 18, 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 an all day tournament on Saturday Dec. 9th.
For Grades 7-12, our VEX EDR program will be forming teams, to compete in VEX Robotics Competitions (VRC).
The VEX EDR fall season started August 14th and the first "league nights" start in October. The teams will compete in their league championships, and two all day tournaments.
Team "Game Over" 2017 State of Michigan "Design Award" winners!
Thanks to the following businesses and individuals who are investing in and donating to Jenison Robotics, making this program possible! Together, we are helping students learn incredible skills!
Jenison qualified, and sent 6 teams to the World Championships in April 2017! This required raising an additional $16,000 to help offset the cost! We were successful in the fundraising efforts, and very successful at the World Championships as well! Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for helping out, we couldn't have done it without you!