Bristol Bot
Bristol Bot Battle VEX IQ Challenge
Posted on 01/19/2019
This time the Battle at Bristol was Bots!

Two teams from Bristol Tennessee City Schools advanced to the state Vex IQ Challenge robotics finals at the first Bristol Bot Battle VEX IQ Challenge at Fairmount Elementary School on January 19. The two teams, one from Anderson Elementary and one from Avoca Elementary, battled throughout the day against 19 elementary and middle school teams from across northeast Tennessee.

VEX IQ Challenge Next Level was played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. Two robots competed in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches and worked collaboratively to score points. Teams also competed in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot took the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consisted of Driving Skills Matches, which were entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which were autonomous with limited human interaction. The object of the game was to attain the highest score by scoring and stacking colored Hubs in Building Zones, removing Bonus Hubs from the Hanging Structure, and by Parking or Hanging on the Hanging Bar. The event was sanctioned by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation.

According to the sanctioning foundation, the VEX IQ Challenge provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. It 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.

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