WARSAW – Warsaw Community Schools invites the public to attend the eighth annual Warsaw Robotics Vex Exhibition Tournament Friday, April 16.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will conclude around 8 p.m. in the Tiger Recreational Athletic Center (TRAC).
The tournament will feature six teams from Edgewood Middle School, coached by Abbi Richcreek; nine teams from the WACC, coached by Paul Zakaria; two teams from Washington, coached by Josh Wall; and two teams from Warsaw’s JROTC team.
Students participating in the event have been given six weeks to build their Vex robots for the tournament. The challenges students face during the event change each year in conjunction with the theme. This year’s theme is “Involution.” Teams will compete at least six times in qualifying rounds before being ranked. At that point, the top eight teams pick two alliances and the finals begin. Tournament champions (two alliances) will be determined with two wins in the finals. There will be tournament runner-ups for the second-place alliance.
Each team involved in the tournament has approximately 2-5 students involved. Teams work together to demonstrate the design process as they design and build their own robot based on the challenge constraints. Referees inspect these robots before the teams play. Robots that do not pass inspection are unable to participate. If a team does not pass their inspection, they are able to revise their design until it does pass the rules.
The student registration cost for the event is the donation of canned food items. A community service award will be granted to the team that donates the most items (measured by weight). Donated goods will be given to Combined Community Services. A design award will be also presented to the team that best demonstrates the design process by turning in an engineering notebook. No admission fee will be charged for the event.