Six Robotics Teams Qualified for World Championship

Six Robotics Teams Qualified for World Championship
Posted on 03/26/2018
state roboticsThe Clear Creek Independent School District Robotics Department hosted the State VEX Robotics Tournament at Clear Brook High School recently where six CCISD teams qualified for the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24-28, 2018.

The event had more than 150 robotics teams in attendance from across Texas, ranging from 4th grade students to university students. The following CCISD teams won first in State in their respective competitions and will compete for a world title: Wedgewood Elementary, Westbrook Intermediate, Victory Lakes Intermediate, Clear Brook High School and Clear Lake High School. Ed White Elementary also qualified, but will not be attending the championship.

“The time, effort and dedication these students and coaches have put towards reaching this point extends well beyond the 4-6 club hours a week they attend,” said CCISD Robotics and Engineering Program Manager Andy Schaafs. “It seems that every night, the student programmers are writing fresh code, the drivers are taking home the robots to get more training and the teams are dreaming up new prototypes to try out at the next practice.”

Schaafs, who took over as the program manager at the beginning of this school year, stated that from the onset, his goal has been to increase the opportunities students have to participate in robotics and to provide the coaches resources to run their teams. CCISD has currently seen a 25 percent increase in the number of teams from last year and is on target to grow even more next school year.

“My theory on robotics is that it is an undercover way to get kids excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education,” said Schaafs. “These students don’t realize that by brainstorming, creating and troubleshooting a robot, they are actually developing life-long skills in problem solving and STEM. I am proud of the fact that CCISD acknowledges these advances by placing importance on robotics in the district through opportunities and funding.”

The 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, brings together top robotics teams in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and participate with the best from around the world. Click here for more information.

Click here for the full photo gallery from the state tournament.
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