Cardinal Robotics

Cardinal Robotics

In a basketball game you have 4 quarters, 8-12 minutes each, to prove your skills. In a Vex Robotics challenge you are limited to one minute.  You have one minute split in half with your partner to score as many points as you can.  It is intense, it is difficult, and it is a lot of fun!

This has been our first year of Vex Robotics at Bloomfield Elementary.  Students began the year in September learning about teamwork, design, and engineering.  They have since built fantastic robots, learned how to drive them, and modified, modified, modified.  One element of Robotics that separates it from any other competition is the way you must work WITH the teams from the other schools.  In each round, your score is shared with the school you are working with.  After several rounds your individual school score is determined.

Students competed at school to determine which teams within our program would be able to attend the first competition at Westgate, and then competed again to decide who would represent our school at South Vermillion.  The six students on the two teams sent to South Vermillion were Logun Page, Matthew Stevens, Dominic May, Adilyn Figg, and Kaylean Brown.  These students are fourth and fifth graders.   Both teams did a phenomenal job.  The boys team contributed many points to each of their rounds and placed 25th.  They placed 20th on the skills challenge.  The girls team gave a very consistent performance, and only had one round that kept them from placing in the top ten.  Landing in eleventh has them excited about the possibilities for next year!

February 24th four more students will head out to compete at Westgage Academy.  Curious about Robotics?  There are many online resources to show you what competitions look like and consist of, or stop by Westgate and check it out for yourself!

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