Writer: Tiffany Acosta
Of the 45 teams and more than 400 students that competed in the fourth annual New Mexico VEX Robotics State Championship, March 4, eight teams qualified for the national competition, VEX Worlds 2017 to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, April 19-22.
The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network in New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering hosted the event for elementary through high school teams from across New Mexico.
“VEX engages elementary through high school students in STEM in a meaningful way,” said Patricia Sullivan, NMSU College of Engineering associate dean of outreach and public service. “It gives them the opportunity to do a hands-on project. It builds confidence for students interested in STEM skillsets.”
The VEX IQ competition consisted of 17 elementary and middle school teams, and 28 middle and high school teams vied in the VEX Robotics Competition.
In the VEX IQ division, White Sands Middle School won the Middle School Excellence Award; Sonoma Elementary School won the Elementary School Excellence Award; and Mesa Middle School and Camino Real Middle School won the Teamwork Champion Awards.
In the VEX Robotics Competition, School of Dreams Academy won the Excellence Award – High School; South Valley Preparatory School won the Excellence Award – Middle School; and School of Dreams Academy and The ASK Academy won the Tournament Champions.