On Saturday, 18 teams from across Ohio will arrive at Mount Vernon Energy Field House for a different type of competitive event, the VRC Change Up Robotics Qualifier. In the VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students are tasked with designing, building and coding a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.
This year the challenge for each team is called “Change Up”. The competition takes place on a 12’x12’ square field. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than their opponents by placing Balls in Goals, and Connecting Rows.
Teams also compete in a Skills Competition where they independently have 1 minute for a Driver Control and 1 minute for an Autonomous where they can score as many points as possible.
Along with the Tournament and Skills competitions, teams enter their Engineering Notebooks for consideration by Judges who are industry experts. They are interviewed by these Field Experts and Awards are given for excellent Engineering Notebooks and interviews.
Both Middle School (7-8) and High School (9-12) teams will be competing on Friday. Qualification Matches will happen from 9:00am-12:00pm and the finals will be 1:00pm-3:15pm. Awards will be presented at 3:15 pm. Unfortunately, spectators will not be able to attend this event due to COVID regulations.
Mount Vernon Middle School teams are:
#43050A: Austin Anderson (8), Chris Hawthorne (8), Landon Schlosser (7), Brady Wiles (8)
#43050B: Mason Chestnut (7), Ben Henricksen (7), Sala Glandon (7), Tyler Ing (8), Leah Pfeffer (7)
#43050C: Lily Grace (7), Aspen McMahon (7), Simon Peterson (8), Izzy Sherman (7), Evan Stickland (8)
#43050E: Grant Mesarchik (7), Ethan Moore (7), Hunter Thompson (8), Maraiah Workman (7)
Meals throughout the day will be available in the parking lot of Energy Fieldhouse for staff and students (closed to spectators due to COVID). Food trucks from The Joint on the Move, Mixing Bowl and Dos Hermanos will be serving up delicious food for staff and students only; breakfast from 8:00 am -10 am and lunch from 10:30 am – 3:00 pm.