This page is for the Robotics class/club combo. Robotics is a class where students research, build, and test robots to compete in VEX tournaments. Students meet in class, and also after school as a club on Mondays from 4:00 to 4:45. Students who wish to take part in the club must be part of the class, and vice versa. On Thursdays students may attend an optional extra build day from 4:00 to 4:45.
Please note, for the duration of the pandemic, we will NOT be meeting after school. Instead, all Tournament Robotics work will take place during classtime.
The class/club is student driven, with students researching strategies and ideas, building their robots, and learning through trial and error. Students practice problem solving skills as they get their robots competition ready. Students learn to take charge of their education and develop life long learning skills, with guidance and assistance from their teacher. Interested students can contact the office and fill out an application to be considered.
Thank you to the 2019/2020 sponsors!
If you are interested in sponsoring the team for the 2020-2021 year, please email Mrs. Mohrweis-Evans at Mohrweis.email@example.com.
Parents, would you like to help the VEX Team? If so, check out our wishlist on Amazon. We will hapilly accept donations, and all items on the Wishlist will be used at VEX Tournaments.
Monthly Newsletters: (Please note these are all from the 2019/20 school year. Feel free to look at them to get an idea of what to expect from this class.
This years tournament:
These are the jobs students may pick when in teams. Students may have more than one job. All students are encouraged to help their builders build when they have nothing else to work on for their job. Drivers must try out at the start of the VEX Season to be drivers.
Drivers – These students control the robot during the tournament. Driver jobs include:
- In the Class: Practice driving your robot. Fill out weekly sparing match analysis. When not driving, review the rule book or help your builders build.
- At the Tournament: Drive the robot in the various matches. When Skills is open, drive your bot in Skills. Shake hands with opponents at end of every match.
Builders - These students build the robot. Builder jobs include:
- In the Class:Help build the robot. Fill out weekly building analysis. When the robot is being tested, update group notebook and brainstorm future upgrades.
- At the Tournament: Be ready to help fix the robot if something breaks. Talk to other teams and learn how they built their robots. Sketch out the good ideas you see to try when back in class/club.
Programmers - These students are the brain of the robots. Programmers write the code that makes the robot work. Programmer jobs include:
- In the Class:Work on programming your bot. Try programming and refining your autonomous period code. Create new code for your bot and test it. Fill out weekly programming log.
- At the Tournament:Watch your matches and record how the robot does. Watch other teams and see what their robots do for the autonomous period. Brainstorm ways to strengthen your autonomous code. Communicate with your drivers. What works with the controls and what would be easier if changed? Can you make some of the controls faster or move buttons so the ones your team needs to push are closer together? Help Builders and Marketers when you have nothing else to work on.
Marketers- These students are the friendly face of the VEX Teams. They will communicate with other teams and build relationships to help in tournaments. Their jobs include:
- In the Class:Create information like Robot Business Cards and flyers you can give to different teams. Practice with each other how you will talk up your build to the other teams and convince them to ally with your team. Fill out weekly Marketer Analysis Sheet. Help plan and brainstorm school fundraisers.
- At the Tournament: Talk to different teams and build friendships. Ask questions about their bots and share information about yours. Try to secure alliances for the tournament matches. Build friendships with other teams for in the future tournaments.
Supply Manager - These students keep class supplies organized and make sure the teams have everything they need to succeed at competitions. Their jobs include:
- In the Class:Keep supplies organized. Find parts that your builders need and (with teacher assistance) cut or modify parts as needed. Make sure batteries are always plugged in and charging and swap out batteries for your driver. Help builders when needed. Fill out weekly Supply Organization Analysis.
- At the Tournament: Make sure supplies stay organized and at our pit table. Bring new batteries to your team before each match and make sure the old batteries are charging. If our team is missing a needed supply, ask other teams about borrowing one. When nothing to do between matches, help the marketers talk to other teams.