Four Mankato Area Public Schools’ West High School VEX robotics teams have qualified and earned World Championship invitations. Teams include:
In addition, Team KaBuum won the design award, earning a World Championship invitation. This award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project management, time management and team organization.
The Steel Phoenixes also won the sportsmanship award. This award is presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event. This team is a model for all to follow and interacts with everyone in a positive, respectful manner in the spirit of friendly competition and cooperation.
Mark Zenk, teacher and VEX robotics coach, was selected as mentor of the year. This award is given to a mentor or engineer that has helped their students achieve goals that were seemingly out of reach. This individual is a role model, a leader and an extraordinary mentor who helps show students new ways to expand their knowledge and solve problems.
Student teams were given a design challenge and used the VEX equipment kit to design, build and program a robot to perform certain tasks. Students were introduced to the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics Design System in partnership with Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math programs. The hands-on robot-building experience provides an opportunity to excite students about these subjects in a fun, motivational way.