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  • VEX Robotics At Jenison Schools!

    VEX IQ Awards Banquet - Monday, December 10 at 7:00pm
    in the Jenison Jr High Cafeteria

    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! 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.

    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 VEX IQ World Championship Teams

    Five Jenison Elementary School Teams Competed in the 2017 VEX IQ World Championships!

    VEX 2018/2019 Tournament Schedule

    IQ Dates Grades 4 - 6

    • Mon. Oct. 15 - Leagues Start - Biweekly for 4 weeks
    • Mon. Nov. 26 - League Tournaments
    • Sat. Dec. 8 - Jenison IQ Tournament

    VRC Dates Grades 7-12

    • Sat. Nov. 3 - Hudsonville VRC Tournament
    • Sat. Dec. 1 - Grandville VRC Tournament
    • Sat. Jan. 12 - Jenison VRC Tournament


    NOTES:

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

    Become A Jenison Robotics Sponsor!

    Jenison had over 200 kids, and 34 teams compete in the 2017/18 season. We sent 2 teams to the World Championships! This fall will be even bigger and better! Help sponsor the program today!

    Grades 4-6

    "Next Level"
    The 2018/19 VEX IQ Challenge

    For Grades 4-6 we form VEX IQ program will be forming teams, to compete in VEX IQ Challenges.

    VEX IQ Fall season will start at the beginning of September 2018, 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 in December

    Grades 7-12

    "Turning Point"
    The 2018/19 VEX VRC Challenge

    For Grades 7-12, our VEX EDR program will be forming teams, to compete in VEX Robotics Competitions (VRC).

    The VEX EDR fall season will start in August 2018, and the first "league nights" start in September.
    The teams will compete in their league championships, and two all day tournaments.

    Michigan State VEX Chmpionships

    Team "Game Over" 2017 State of Michigan "Design Award" winners!

    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.

    Congratulations!

    • Team 2370A - The Control Freaks from Rosewood Elementary
    • Team 1443E - The Pythons from Bursley Elementary
    for winning a spot to the VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville Kentucky in April 2018!

    Thank you to all who sponsored these 2 teams as they travelled to the World Championships!

    Team 2370A - The Control Freaks

    Team 2370A - The Control Freaks

    Team 1443 - The Pythons

    Team 1443 - The Pythons

    Become A Jenison Robotics Sponsor!

    Jenison had over 200 kids, and 34 teams compete in the 2017/18 season. We sent 2 teams to the World Championships! This fall will be even bigger and better! Help sponsor the program today!

    Thank You 2017 - 2018 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!

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    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!

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