PALMDALE– The Vex Jets Robotics Team 4073b from Joe Walker Middle School won the Build Award at the 2016 Vex World Championship, which took place April 20-23. The students competed against 86 teams in their division from a total of 172 teams from around the world for the title.
The team of 12 students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the competition, created by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC). This was the first time a Vex Jets team earned a qualifying position to compete, and the first time a female student served as team captain.
“I am extremely proud of team 4073b and all the students in the Vex Jets program. Collectively they have dedicated countless hours in the hopes to earn a spot at the world championship,” said Vex Jets mentor and teacher Matthew Anderson. “During our holiday breaks students would ask me to open up the shop so they could continue working on their robots. You can imagine how everyone was ecstatic when we won the Build Award.”
The Build Award is given to a team with a well-crafted and constructed robot that also shows a clear dedication to safety and attention to detail. Judges select a robot that has a professional feel and quality, with clear attention to detail in construction, efficient use of mechanical and electronic components, and reliability on the competition field.
Students at Joe Walker began building their robot last year for the “Nothing But Net” vex competitions.
“Our students continue to exceed our expectations in science, engineering, technology and mathematics,” stated Westside Union School District Superintendent Regina Rossall. “We are honored to have the Vex Jets represent our school district because they exemplify the hard work ethic seen across our campuses.”
This season alone, team 4073b has won seven awards, including the Excellence Award, one of the highest honors among vex robotic competitions. Vex Jets team members are gearing up for the 2016-2017 vex robotic competitions. However, the team is still accepting donations to pay the total cost of the recent world championship trip, which exceeded $15,000. To donate to this cause, visit: gofundme.com/vexjets.