Monday, November 4, 2013
More than 150 leading middle and high school VEX Robotics students and mentors from Minnesota will unite at Northland Community and Technical College on November 23 for the Dream It Do It Northern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament. The action-packed tournament will feature more than 20 teams who will compete with and against other schools in a series of back-to-back robot challenges. Participants will compete for the championship title by strategically executing the game Toss Up, driving robots they designed, built and programmed from the ground up using the VEX Robotics Design System.
The public is invited to attend the tournament. The opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m., and qualification rounds begin at 10:15 a.m. There is no cost to watch the tournament. There will also be tournament updates through Dream It Do It’s social media.
“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Andrew Dahlen, event coordinator and faculty member at Northland Community and Technical College. “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology, shows them career opportunities in manufacturing, and instills in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers, like manufacturing.”
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 VEX Robotics World Championship event, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics Competitions. The Excellence Award Winner at this tournament will qualify to attend the World Championship.
The VEX Robotics Competition is managed by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and serves as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the community in a pulse-pounding, exciting, non-traditional environment. The VEX Robotics Design System was built from the ground up and designed to be an affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science, technology, engineering and math education worldwide.
To learn more about Dream It Do It in Minnesota, visit www.dreamitdoitmn.com. More information about the VEX Robotics Competition is available at www.roboticseducation.org or at www.RobotEvents.com.
Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year AAS degrees in more than 60 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer & educator. Visit NCTC online at www.northlandcollege.edu.