On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, VEX Robotics, in collaboration with St. Cloud Technical & Community College, will host the 2018 State Championship at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
There are more than 300 VEX Robotics teams in the state of Minnesota, all of which competed in 36 events throughout the state to earn an invite to the State Championship. This week, 150 of the best teams are coming to St. Cloud, with participants ranging from second to twelfth grade.
The teams will compete with robots that are student-designed and built from the ground up. Every year the challenges change, and this year’s game is “In the Zone” for high school teams and “Ringmaster” for elementary and middle school teams.
After competing at the state level, teams look forward to a possible invite to the VEX Robotics World Championship, which will be held Louisville, Ky., in April. Twenty-five invites to Worlds are granted at the state level, and a single team is eligible to earn multiple invites.
VEX Robotics encourages students to participate in hands-on STEM learning. The study of robotics relates to all facets of STEM, and VEX promotes a model of explorative learning.
This is the sixth year that the VEX Robotics State Championship will be held at River’s Edge. It’s one of the largest events held at the convention center, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of space. The State Championship is sponsored by Dream It Do It, Visual Edge Inc., Park Industries, Xcel Energy, Coldspring, Central McGowen, Siemens, UMC and many others. Almost 200 volunteers help to make the event a success.
Matches at this weekend’s VEX Robotics State Championship are held 6-8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.