Clear Creek ISD Hosts Elementary Robotics Tournament

Clear Creek ISD Hosts Elementary Robotics Tournament
Posted on 01/25/2019
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The Clear Creek Independent School District hosted the Space City Vex IQ Robotics Tournament for elementary students on Saturday, January 19, where ten teams advanced to the State Tournament.

A total of 65 teams across each of the District’s 26 elementary schools competed in the tournament where students are responsible for designing, building and operating their robot systems.

“I’m very proud of what these students and coaches accomplish in such a short amount of time,” said Robotics and Engineering Program Manager Andy Schaafs. “They only had four months to create and program a robot that could drive, lift, push, stack, hurdle and, at the end, perform a pull up of its entire body weight. You can imagine how exciting these challenges are year-after-year.”

The VEX IQ Challenge is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible under driver control; and Programming Skills Challenge, where one robot scores as many points as possible autonomously, without any driver inputs.

Armand Bayou Elementary, Brookwood Elementary, Ed White E-STEM Magnet School, Hyde Elementary, North Pointe Elementary and Wedgewood Elementary each had one or multiple teams advance to the next round of competition. The Ed White Team 821B was announced as the Excellence Winner for the day, which is highest award given to the best all-around robot.

“Exciting challenges aside, it is the coaches that have made this such a rewarding experience,” said Schaafs. “There has been a 33% increase in the number of teams over the last two years, and they definitely are a contributing factor. I’m excited for all 65 teams we had compete and am especially excited to see how well the ten teams that qualified for state go and represent CCISD Robotics.”

Clear Creek ISD will host the Texas State VEX IQ Tournament on March 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clear Falls High School, 4380 Village Way, League City, TX 77573. CCISD intermediate and high school teams will compete for their spot in the VEX EDR State Tournament on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Bayside Intermediate, 4430 Village Way, League City, TX 77573. The event is free and open to the public.

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