Elwood Middle School hosted its fourth consecutive, and largest, VEX IQ
Robotics Competition on Jan. 27. This competition, which is presented by
the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, welcomed 40
participating teams from 14 different schools and organizations from all
across the island.
In this competition, teams of students use robots that they’ve designed
and built to compete with other teams in an engineering challenge.
Tournaments are held throughout the year at regional, state, and
national levels—and ultimately culminate at the VEX Robotics World
Each year, the VEX IQ challenge changes. This year’s challenge required
students to design robots that are able to pick up, move, sort and stack
rings on poles of different heights. Students were required to put the
STEM concepts they’ve learned to the test as they sharpened their skills
in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
“The competition encompasses many twenty-first century skills that our
students will need in the future,” said Director of Math, Science and
Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman.
In addition, students participated in teamwork activities that selected
tasks at random, competed in individual skills challenges, and more.
Teams also were judged based on their designs, STEM research projects
presented in front of judges, and overall excellence. Teams that win at
one of the qualifying competitions qualify for the state finals in
Rockville Centre. The winners of this competition will qualify for VEX
Worlds in Kentucky.