In the VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.
Mintonye Elementary participated in the VEX IQ Challenge with 24 fourth and fifth graders. The students met every Thursday after school and were able to incorporate all four pillars of STEM while having fun. The students who participated learned to assemble the competition field and build a robot. VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system that allows students to work at the skill level they are comfortable with.
Kole Alexander and Thomas Hughes both said that they liked VEX Robotics because of the fun time they had building with friends.
This year the object of the game was to attain the highest score by stacking any of the 15 hubs in the required building zones, removing bonus hubs from the hanging structure, and finally by parking the robot under the bar or hanging from the high structure. The teamwork challenge is for 1 minute and students work collaboratively to score points. Our 5th graders became leaders for the incoming 4th graders and we worked together to create an environment that encourages teamwork and problem solving all while having fun.