• VEX IQ at SGCS

    Welcome to the home of the VEX IQ Robotics Program at St Gabriel Consolidated School

  • What is the VEX IQ Challenge?

    The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

  • Welcome to the VEX IQ Robotics Program at St. Gabriel Consolidated School

    This is our second year of the program and we are very excited about making the program even better this year. With a year under our belt, we're changing things up a bit to make it even more interactive, educational and exciting for all involved. I can assure you we will do our very best to provide a great experience, but I realize that some of the best ideas and suggestions will come from kids and parents and we encourage it.

    Who Can Participate

    We currently limit the number of students to 18 and the grade levels to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th. The VEX IQ Challenge actually groups the kids by Elementary School (1-5) and Middle School (6-8) for competition. Our program will allow a 5th grader to be on a team with 6th, 7th and 8th graders and compete at the Middle School level.

     

    Curriculum Path

    We will follow the curriculum path of STEM Essentials for Competition Robotics. This path covers 7 of the 12 curriculum units provided in the VEX IQ Curriculum. The curriculum, along with related hands-on activities, will provide a framework for our meetings as teams work to build a competition-ready robot.

    Competition

    Each year, the REC Foundation works with its community to create a set of challenges for the youth in the VEX IQ Challenge. This year's challenge is Ringmaster. The VEX IQ Challenge consists of three 60-second robotics challenges and a STEM Research Project

     

    VEX IQ Challenge - Ringmaster
    Ringmaster is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, 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. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

     

    STEM Research ProjectEach season, one STEM subject is the primary focus of the VEX IQ STEM Research Project. This year the STEM Research Project theme focuses on Robotics Engineering and Ethics. Students are encouraged to think about how ethical decisions effect engineering choices while constructing robots. All professional organizations hold their members to strong codes of ethics which guide their research and work.

     

    VEX IQ Challenge Resources

     

    Meetings, Teams and Costs

    We are changing things up for the 2017-18 season. Meeting will be weekly, but for a shorter time. As of now, we plan to meet on Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. beginning on September 14th. Meeting and event details will be available on the calendar.

     

    Each team will consist of 3 kids. I plan to allow team requests and will assign kids to a team if they have not requested one.

     

    Program costs for the 2017-18 season are still being discussed, details will be available soon.

     

    Volunteers

    I most certainly will be looking for parents to lend a hand at meetings. The program and curriculum should be pretty "plug and play", but I will need someone to deliver it to the groups/teams and help them as needed.

     

    If you have interested in helping, please let me know!

     

    Also, you must be Virtus trained to volunteer in any activities involving children at St. Gabriel. If you are not trained, you can get information at www.virtusonline.org

     

  • VEX IQ Challenge 2017-18
    RINGMASTER

    Ringmaster is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, 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. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

     

    The object of the game is to attain the highest score by Scoring colored Rings on the Floor Goal and on Posts, by having Uniform Posts, by Emptying Starting Pegs, and by Releasing the Bonus Tray.

  • STEM Essentials for Competition Robotics

    We will follow the curriculum path for competitive robots which focuses on units B, C, F, G, H, I & L from the VEX IQ Curriculum Syllabus.

    Learn about VEX IQ, the Controller, and the Robot Brain

    Build and test your first robot, the Clawbot IQ

    Explore and apply science and math that engineers use

    Unit G: Mechanisms

    Motors, Gear Ratio, Drivetrains, Object Manipulation & more

    Work as a team, individually and autonomously.

    Learn how sensors work and the basics of programming

  • The Super Kit

    The Super Kit is an all-encompassing introduction to STEM and robotics. Students can use the familiar handheld Controller to drive robots right out of the box or program them to run autonomously using the additional Smart Sensors. While the included Clawbot IQ instructions help students easily build their first robot, the intuitive snap-together parts mean the sky is the limit for their VEX IQ creations.

  • Calendar

    I will post all meeting and event related information here.

  • Resources

    Everything you need to know about the VEX IQ Program

    Everything you need to know about VEX IQ Challenge

    Curriculum information including guides, videos and unit plans.

    Support information from the VEX IQ Community

    Logos, User Guides, Firmware and Wallpapers

    Robots that can be built using The Super Kit

    Helpful tips and videos.

    Get featured on VEX IQ Social Media.

    The REC Foundation's Online Challenges provide a unique opportunity for students from around the world to participate in VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions.

    Modkit for VEX is a drag & drop programming environment that makes it easy to program your VEX IQ projects.

    Help information for MODKIT for VEX

    Help information for MODKIT for VEX

  • Feedback, Suggestions, and Questions?

    This is a new program. I encourage feedback and suggestions and I welcome questions. Please send them my way and I will get right back to you.