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Elementary Robotics Teams at Carrollton Advance to the VEX IQ State and World Challenge Competition

Megan Payne

Five Carrollton VEX IQ Robotics teams competed in the 2015–2016 VEX IQ Challenge Competition–Bank Shot. Bank Shot is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. Two robots compete in the teamwork challenge as an alliance in 60-second teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in two additional challenges; The Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible under driver control; the Programming Skills Challenge where one robot scores as many points as possible autonomously, without any driver inputs. The object of the game is to attain the highest score by emptying cutouts, scoring balls into the scoring zone and goals, and by parking robots on the ramp.

Pictured left to right: Back row: Kaylee Joseph, Chandra Brammer, John Paul Birong, Braxton Swearingen, Kodi Wells, Collyn Grove; Front row: Ruth Davis, Andrew Birong, Grayson Rodgers

Pictured left to right: Back row: Kaylee Joseph, Chandra Brammer, John Paul Birong, Braxton Swearingen, Kodi Wells, Collyn Grove; Front row: Ruth Davis, Andrew Birong, Grayson Rodgers

Three teams from Carrollton Schools qualified at their home event, held at Bell-Herron Middle School on February 13, 2016, for the 2016 VEX State Championship. One team qualified with the teamwork challenge and two teams qualified in the Programming Skills Challenge. 

In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April.

Birong and Swearingen Earn State Record at the VEX IQ State Competition and Qualify for the VEX IQ World Championship

World Championship qualifiers, 5th-graders Braxton Swearingen and John Paul Birong

World Championship qualifiers, 5th-graders Braxton Swearingen and John Paul Birong

Thirty elementary and middle school-level teams from all over the state competed against one another at the VEX State Qualifying Competition for five main awards on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  The competition was held at North Union Middle School in Richwood, Ohio.  Three Carrollton teams placed 1st, 3rd, and 4th in Programming Skills Challenge and are now ranked 1st, 4th, and 6th in the state of Ohio and 159th in the World.

Braxton Swearingen and John Paul Birong earned a state record of 32 points in the Programming Skills Challenge. This score qualifies them to advance to the VEX Worlds in Louisville, Kentucky in April. One team, Collyn Grove, Kodi Wells, and Ruth Davis, advanced to the final round in the Teamwork Challenge and ended the competition ranked 7th overall.

Great job Carrollton Robotics!