At Area 59 – sixty seconds is all you get to maneuver your robot on the field, picking up, moving and stacking field elements to score points. Sound simple? It’s not. The pressure is on and performing at high levels under these conditions can test even the steadiest nerves.
However, driving is only part of the equation, robots are also programmed to operate without driver input as they navigate the field by processing code entered by team members.
Teams are also required to keep an engineering notebook that documents the build of their robot, the obstacles they faced, and the solutions they discovered. Sound like fun? It sure does to us.
Area 59 is launching its second year of VEX robotics league. League activities will continue through February culminating in a league championship which will qualify teams for the State Championship held in Gillette. Winners of the state championship will then be eligible to compete in 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky where students will have the opportunity to compete with teams from around the world!
The league is open to students ages 8-14 and the cost is $65 per individual. Teams will be formed with up to 4 members per team. Online sign-ups for teams at www.area-59.com will start on August 16th. Once the teams have been organized, a mentor will be assigned to the team. Robotic kits will be given to the teams at the kickoff event in September where participants will meet their team and start building their first robot.
We Need You!
Behind every youth group, individuals are needed for support. Each team will need a mentor. A mentor’s role is to organize and support the teams and help accomplish the goals they have established. “But I don’t know how to build or program robots.” Fantastic! You’re just the person we are looking for. We are offering training for mentors in September where you will build your first robot and practice basic and advanced programming. It is much easier than you think and you will have a support team learning with you.
The knowledge you gain here can then be taught to your group to help them move forward and improve.