VEX ROBOTIC CHALLENGE
Each year Galena Park ISD Team KAOS members design, build and program a robot to compete in VEX Robotics Competitions. These competitions use VEX EDR robotics kits, which consist of more than 300 standardized parts that can be configured in thousands of ways by teams in order to compete in that season’s robot challenge. VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, has both high school and middle school divisions. There are more than 16,000 teams from 40 countries playing in more than 1,350 competitions worldwide during the 2016-2017 school year.
VEX Robotic Competitions take place on a 12-foot-by-12-foot field with other robots in a game-based engineering challenge that changes each season. In this past season’s challenge, Starstruck, two alliances composed of two teams each scored points by moving or tossing 24 large jack-like stars and four pillow cubes over a fence dividing the field in half. The goal was to get as many objects as possible onto the other alliance’s side of the field and then hang the robot on a designated bar before time expired. Each team programmed their robots to score points in the 15 second autonomous period that starts each match, which is followed by 1 minute 45 seconds of driver-controlled play. In addition to the main challenge, teams compete in programming, drive team skills and project presentation competitions.
Galena Park ISD’s Team KAOS was awarded Tournament Champion in four out of six VEX competitions at the local and state level. KAOS also won three VEX Excellence Awards for Overall Robot Performance, and two Design Awards for Best Engineering Notebook.