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Robot Grand Challenge

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, twenty-five high school robotics teams will compete in the Fourth Annual Robot Grand Challenge at Utah Valley University (UVU) in the UCCU Event Center. Teams across Utah were provided Lego® Mindstorms® NXT robot kits and on Tuesday will build the grand robot for this competition.

 

Who: High school students
What: Robot Grand Challenge
Where: Utah Valley University
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Events: http://www.uvu.edu/tc/techexpo/events.html
Schedule: http://www.uvu.edu/tc/techexpo/schedule.html
Skills Challenges: http://www.uvu.edu/tc/techexpo/skillschallenges/index.html

Five years ago, the UVU Department of Electrical Automation and Robotic Technology (EART) received a grant to promote robotics in high schools. Each high school in the Mountainland Region was given Lego® Mindstorms® NXT robotic equipment, along with teacher training to integrate robotics into their curriculum. These robotic kits were placed in a variety of courses: Engineering Design, Computer Programming, Physics, and Electronics. Each year, teacher training and a statewide robotics competition have been provided by UVU.

“Student interest in robotics has increased exponentially over the past four years. There are now robotics clubs throughout Utah. Robotics curriculum is being taught in elementary, junior high, and high school; with 13 high schools teaching full courses in robotics. Nine of these schools are in the Mountainland region,” said Darrell Andelin, Technology and Engineering Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

This year the following robotic competitions took place in Utah:

  • Utah State University sponsored several regional VEX robotics competitions with over 50 teams competing. WATCH

  • The Utah First Lego® League held qualifying competitions in nine locations in January, with the State Championship being held at the University of Utah Student Center on January 28, 2012. In all, 150 teams competed in First Lego® League.
  • The University of Utah also sponsored the First Robotics Regional Competition on March 15-17, 2012 at the Maverik Center, with 43 teams from six states.
  • On April 9, 2012, the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus was the site of the annual First Robotics regional competition. Thirty-one teams from 300 high schools competed. WATCH

“In Utah we have some of the best VEX robots in the world, said Gary Stewardson, Associate Professor at the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education at Utah State University.

Utah has five teams ranked in the top 30 in the world in programming skills.
VEX World Skills Ranking: Programming Skills

World Ranking

Team No.

Team Name

High School

13

4191

Raptor Robotics

Monticello

16

4184J

MCHS

Mountain Crest

17

2131A

Davis High 1

Davis

24

4184G

MC

Mountain Crest

25

4184A

Mustangs

Mountain Crest

Utah has one team ranked in the top 30 in the world in robot skills.
VEX World Skills Ranking: Robot Skills

World Ranking

Team No.

Team Name

High School

26

9696F

Team Titan

Syracuse

“This is incredible considering there are over 4,400 VEX teams registered worldwide this year. I have been told [Utah has] the fastest growing region in the country and more competitive regional VEX robotic competitions per number of robots in the world,” said Stewardson.

Plan now to attend the Robot Grand Challenge on Tuesday, May 1 at Utah Valley University. High schools that were not selected for this year’s competition are welcome to attend the event.

To learn about the Technology and Engineering program in your school contact your school counselor or visit UtahCTE.org.

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