East Point and LeBarron Park elementary schools are headed to the VEX IQ state competition at UTEP on March 7.
East Point’s ‘N.A.K.’ and LeBarron Park’s ‘ThunderBots’ both qualified for state at the YISD VEX IQ Robotic Tournament, held back on January 25.
‘N.A.K.’, coached by Susana Medina, won the Robot Skills Championship and the Excellence Award. The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition.
“This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality VEX Robotics program,” YISD officials shared.
As for the ‘ThunderBots,’ they earned first place in the Teamwork Competition and also won an award for the best robot design previous competition.
The upcoming VEX IQ state competition at UTEP will be another challenge for all qualified teams.
VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away is played on a 4’x 8’ rectangular field where two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60-second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.
Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which is entirely driver-controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which is autonomous with limited human interaction.
Ysleta ISD officials add that these teams are just two of many campuses within the district that have qualified for the state tournament.