The Fisher Knights from Fisher High School was given the Judges' Award at the "Dream It Do It" Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament this past weekend. The Judges' Award recognizes a team that brings something unique and different to the competition. The judges were impressed with the team size, organization and community support.
To prepare for the competition, the group worked together to design and build a robot using the VEX Robotics Design System. During the day, the Fisher Knights competed with and against 22 other teams from all over Minnesota, playing Sack Attack, a game which involves students to have their robot pick up and deliver bean bags to the goal in two minutes.
The students applied what they've learned about science, technology, engineering and math in order to build the semiautonomous machines. An equally important set of skills is learned through the competition—communication, project management, site management and the importance of composure—because students have to learn how to lose as much as they have to learn how to win.
The Windom Eagles from Windom, Minn., won the Excellence Award and an invitation to compete at the World Championships in California in April. Teams from Bemidji, Newfolden, Fisher, St. Cloud and Sartell also won awards. The complete award list can be found at robotevents.com under the tournament's event information.
The Dream It Do It Northern and Central VEX Robotics Tournament are part of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year. VEX Robotics is the world's fastest growing competitive robotics program for middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 5,000 teams from 30 countries that participate in more than 350 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide. The competition season culminates each Spring, with the laudable VEX Robotics World Championship event, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics Competitions.
Dream It Do It collaborates with industry members to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota, including robotic events like this tournament. The initiative is led by 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University, and also includes Northwest Technical College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and seven other technical and community colleges.
More information about Dream It Do It is available at dreamitdoitmn.com, and more information about the VEX Robotics Competition is at RobotEvents.com.
About Dream It Do It
Dream It Do It, led by 360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence, collaborates with industry members to promote careers in manufacturing in Minnesota. To learn more about this initiative, visit dreamitdoitmn.com or contact Jessica Gehrke at 218-755-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
360 Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence is a consortium of 10 institutions led by Bemidji State University and includes St. Cloud Technical and Community College and eight other technical and community colleges. 360 was initiated by the Governor of Minnesota to strengthen the state's manufacturing economic sector and serve the needs of the industry by cultivating a potential future workforce through more flexible educational opportunities via the concept of the seamless career pathway. For more information about 360 or any of the institutions involved with the Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence please contact Jessica Gehrke at 218-755-2209 or email email@example.com.