July 23-28


Teams 20048A and 20048C competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship.   

This year, two of our teams made it to the 2018 VEX Worlds Challenge in Louisville, Ky. This is the third time in four years our robotics program has represented FTMS East at the Vex IQ Worlds Challenge.

Team A placed 53rd in the Science division at Vex Worlds 2018 and team C placed 48th in the Math division. 

2017-2018 Awards for the East Beast Bots:
Finished 48th and 53rd in their division at WORLDS
Won Judges Award at Indiana State finals
Finished 146th overall in the World Robot Skills ranking
State Judges Award

The Judges Award is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition. 

Excellence Award

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. This team is a strong contender in numerous award categories. Excellence winners must have an Engineering Notebook and a STEM Research Project presentation. Key criteria:

  •   Design Award ranking

  •   STEM Research Project Award ranking

  •   Teamwork Challenge Qualification Matches ranking

  •   Robot Skills Challenge ranking

  •   Other Judged award rankings

  •   High quality VEX robotics program 

Teamwork Champions 

The Teamwork Champion Award is presented to each of the two teams on the winning alliance in the Teamwork Challenge Finals Matches. 

Design Award

The Design Award recipient demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the Judges will demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance. Only teams that submit Engineering Notebooks are eligible for the Design Award. Key criteria:

  •   Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized document of the robot design process.

  •   Team demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources.

  •   Students understand and explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.

  •   Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills. 

Robot Skills Award

The Robot Skills Champion Award is presented to the team with the highest combined Programming Skills Challenge and Driving Skills Challenge score. A team’s combined score will be determined by adding their highest Programming Skills Challenge score and their highest Driving Skills Challenge score at a single event. Teams participating in only one of the two skills challenges will receive a zero score in the challenge in which they did not participate. Some events may choose not to offer this award. 

STEM Research Award

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Research Project Award is presented to the team that shares the most effective STEM Research Project presentation. This presentation, as well as the follow- up discussion with Judges, effectively demonstrates the students’ significant depth of understanding of their topic and research findings. The presentation will also highlight the students’ work in sharing what they learned in an effective format. Key criteria:

  •   Identifies a challenge topic of interest that relates to the STEM theme for the season

  •   Completes research and collects evidence using reliable sources

  •   Demonstrates a well-organized and documented process to study and explain the research findings

  •   Describes how the research findings were applied to develop and test the solution

  •   Shares the solution in an effective and creative presentation

  •   Students demonstrate an understanding of the entire research process

  •   Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills 

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