VEX IQ Robotics Challenge Results

SYRACUSE, NY (Jan. 21, 2017) – Approximately 100 students comprising 24 teams turned out Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, for the third annual Central New York Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge, which was held at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology.

The event is organized by the MOST and sponsored by Best Buy, Lockheed Martin, NASA, SRC Inc., and the Technology Alliance of Central New York.

Here are the winners of the competition:

The Teamwork Champion Award, presented to each of the two teams on the highest-scoring alliance in the Teamwork Challenge finals, went to Freezing Code, a robotics club team from Oswego, and Beat Boxing Boxing Bots, from the Athens Area School District in Sayre, Penn. These two teams have qualified for the state competition.

The Teamwork Second Place Award, for the two teams on the second-highest scoring alliance in the Teamwork Challenge finals, was presented to Clever Lifters and ICanCode Firestormers, two teams with the ICanCode Club from Rochester. These two teams also qualified for the state competition.

The Excellence Award, presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high-quality VEX IQ robot, was awarded to RoSquare, a team with the R2 Robotics Club from Victor, NY.

The Design Award recipient, honored for students’ ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process, was given to Freezing Code Too, a second team from the Freezing Code Robotics Club in Oswego. Only teams that submit engineering notebooks are eligible for the Design Award.

The STEM Research Project Award, given to the team that makes the most effective STEM Research Project presentation, was won by RoSquare.

The Robot Skills Champion Award, presented to the team with the highest combined Programming Skills Challenge and Driving Skills Challenge score, was awarded to Freezing Code.

The Judges Award, presented to a team that the judges determine is deserving of special recognition, was given to Awesome Sauce, a team of fourth-graders from Edward Smith K-8 School in the Syracuse City School District.

The Amaze Award, given to the team that build an amazing, high-scoring robot that clearly demonstrates overall quality, was awarded to Clever Lifters.

The Create Award, presented to the team whose robot design incorporates a creative engineering solution to the design challenges of the season’s game, was awarded to South Onondaga Robotics, from Syracuse.

The Energy Award, given to a team that displays a high level of enthusiasm and passion, was presented to ICanCode Firestormers.

The Sportsmanship Award, presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams, was won by H.W. Smith School’s three teams, who worked together to help each other out.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, given to an event volunteer who demonstrates a commitment and devotion to their community, honored Sarah White of Lockheed Martin, who also volunteers for the MOST’s other outreach events.