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Mankato Area Public Schools' VEX Robotics and IQ teams advance to state competition
Mankato Area Public Schools’ VEX Robotics and IQ student teams have qualified for the February 2017 state tournament.
State qualifiers:
Community Education and Recreation
  • Galaxy received "Teamwork Champion Award."
East High School
  • Betaversion 1.0 partnered with teams from Austin to win championship.
Prairie Winds Middle School
  • Cougar team won the Granite City VEX Robotics Tournament.
  • Pink Team won the design award at the Granite City VEX Robotics Tournament and qualified for state.
West High School
  • Team KaBuum and Knights partnered with another team to earn finalist position.
  • The Ribbits won two awards--robot skills challenge and design award.
Other awards:
East High School
  • Betaversion 1.0--"Build" award for building well-crafted and constructed robot while dedicated to safety and attention to detail.
West High School
  • Team KaBuum--"Create" award for design that uses creative engineering solution to design challenges.
  • Steel Phoenixes--"Think" award for successfully using independent programming modes. 
  • Knights--"Energy" award for enthusiasm, passion and energy throughout competition. 
  • Team Sierra--"Amaze" award for demonstrating overall quality. 
  • Coach Mark Zenk was named "Volunteer of the Year."
Student teams were given a design challenge and used VEX equipment kit to design, build and program a robot to perform certain tasks. Students were introduced to the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics Design System in partnership with Project Lead the Way, the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs. A goal of STEAM is to help produce employees and leaders of tomorrow that can help solve real-life problems. This is done by engaging and motivating students about STEAM subjects in a fun and interesting way.
Author: Shelly Schulz   E-Mail: