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2019 Summer Camp Signup For Incoming 4-6th Grade Students

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!

Jenison Robotics 2020-2021 Season Info

For those of you asking, yes, robotics IS affected by the Return To Learn rules for Jenison. We won't be able to meet for the first part of the school year. The board will be meeting to put together what the new season composition could look like. We'll provide the students who have already signed up for the season (Jr. High & High School) with that info and let them decide if they want to participate or not. I'm optimistic we'll be able to do SOMETHING with robotics this year. It certainly won't look like a normal season.

Adam Timmer - President of Jenison Robotics

Latest News & Events

Fall 2020 Jenison Robotics News
With the continued COVID-19 outbreak, Jenison Robotics is following the "Return To Learn" rules and working on putting some kind of program together for the school year. Please stay tuned for details.

VEX IQ
Grades 4-6

The Jenison Robotics Board is currently working out plans for what type of program we can offer this upcoming school year. Please stay tuned for details.

VEX VRC
Grades 7-12

Registration for the Fall 2020 VEX VRC season is now closed for 7-12th grade students. Details are being worked out for what type of program we can offer this upcoming school year. Please stay tuned for details.

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.

Michigan State VEX Chmpionships

Our Elementary School Teams Fall 2018

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 in August at the Parent Info meeting
  • Practices start in September
  • "League night" is every other Monday starting in October, and ending at the end of November
  • An all day Jenison IQ Tournament is also scheduled for a Saturday either in November or early December

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

"Rise Above"
2020-2021 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

"Change Up"
The 2020-2021 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 deadlines, to be posted soon

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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