From coach Brian Grigsby:
The Riverbotics “A” and “B” teams competed in the Indiana State Vex IQ robotics competition on Saturday. There were 201 elementary teams competing at the State Competition. Both of our teams represented Jeff-Craig very well.
The “B” team used this as a learning experience. Every member got to drive on the big stage. They finished in the middle of their division, learning many new concepts that will help them in next year’s competitions. They got 19 points on their autonomous score, which was actually one of the higher autonomous scores for the day.
The “A” team preformed very well the whole day. They finished 3rd in their division, after a nail biting final run. They were actually on task to get one of the highest scores of the day, 32 points, when their robot fell apart. With 20 seconds left the students put their robot back together and finished the match with a score of 30 points. They qualified for the overall State Finals as a wild card, tying for 4th place overall in the State; again missing becoming champions by one hub. The “A” team’s performance qualified them for the Vex IQ Worlds (second year in a row)!!
The biggest accomplishment of the event for us was winning the STEM award! There are over 1,200 elementary robotics teams in Indiana. Our team put together a STEM project that beat all the others. We will also be sending in our STEM video to Vex IQ Worlds to compete with the other winning STEM projects from around the world.
We will be competing in the Vex IQ Worlds competition April 28th-30th in Louisville, KY. This event will be live streamed as well. If you can’t come down to show your support please watch online with your class!