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Batavia school to host Midwest student robotics tourney

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  • Watch as 400 middle and high school VEX Robotics students from around the Midwest area compete in the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia.

    Watch as 400 middle and high school VEX Robotics students from around the Midwest area compete in the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia.
    Brian Hill/February 2011

 

Submitted by Fox Valley Robotics

More than 400 middle and high school VEX Robotics students and mentors from around the Midwest area will unite Saturday, Feb. 2, at Rotolo Middle School at 1501 S. Raddant Road, Batavia for the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship. The tournament, hosted by Batavia Robotics and Fox Valley Robotics, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature more than 48 teams who will compete with and against other schools in a series of back-to-back robot challenges.

Participants will compete for the championship title by strategically executing the game "Sack Attack", driving robots they designed, built and programmed from the ground up using the VEX Robotics Design System.

VEX Sack Attack is played on a 12- by 12-foot square field. Two alliances -- one "red" and one "blue" -- composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 15-second autonomous period followed by one minute and 45 seconds of driver-controlled play.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring sacks and bonus sacks in your colored floor goals, troughs and high goal, and by having the most robots of your color parked at the end of the match.

There are a total of 98 sacks and four bonus sacks available as scoring objects in the game. Most scoring objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be loaded prior or during the match. Each robot smaller than 18- by 18- by 18-inches to start begins a match on one of their alliance starting tiles. There are 10 scoring areas, five of each color, of varying heights which teams can score sacks or bonus sacks in. Alliances earn a bonus for having the most robots of their own color touching their alliance starting tiles at the end of the match. A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the autonomous period.

The Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship is one of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year. VEX Robotics is the world's fastest growing competitive robotics program for middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 7,000 teams from 30 countries that participate in more than 500 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide. The competition season culminates each spring, with the highly anticipated VEX Robotics World Championship event, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics Competitions.

"The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today's youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow's leading innovators," said Ron Karabowicz, event organizer and owner of Karabowicz & Associates, a technology-orientated computer services company for small and medium sized businesses. "This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology -- instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers."

The VEX Robotics Competition serves as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the community in an exciting, nontraditional environment. The VEX Robotics Design System was built from the ground up and designed to be an affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science, technology, engineering and math education worldwide.

More information about the VEX Robotics Competition is available at RobotEvents.com.