December 18, 2018 – On December 1, 2018, Northland Community & Technical College hosted 50 teams from the region at the Pioneer VEX Robotics Tournament on the Thief River Falls campus. Vex Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world with over 11,000 teams from 45 countries competing in over 900 tournaments worldwide. Minnesota is home to nearly 400 teams.
The Gators from Badger, MN, paired with Green Wave Robotics of East Grand Forks, MN, won the tournament championship title defeating the other tournament finalist alliance consisting of team Error 404 from Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks, MN, and Galactic Halo of Warren Oslo Alvarado High School, Warren, MN. This result qualifies these four teams to advance to the Minnesota State Championship in St. Cloud, MN.
A number of other honors, determined by a panel of judges, were awarded based on a team interview, the content of their engineering notebook and performance of their robots in the tournament. The team Not the S.A.M.E. of St. Cloud, MN, was awarded the Excellence Award, the highest tournament honor. Other awards claimed:
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) 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 degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.