Oklahoma Technology Center Students Win Robotics Tournament
Pictured, from left, are Canadian Valley Technology Center pre-engineering students Tristan Whitman, Cooper Copelin, Sam West and Nick Byers, who won a robotics competition.
By Bill Kramer, For The Oklahoman • Published: January 3, 2015
YUKON — Four pre-engineering students from Canadian Valley Technology Center won the 62-team VEXPo'14 tournament held at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
More than 600 middle school and high school students, as part of 120 teams, were involved in November in the robotic challenge, which promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field.
Canadian Valley's team was unbeaten through five elimination matches, the quarterfinals and the semifinals. The finals was a best-of-three format. Canadian Valley Tech won its first finals match, lost the second and won the rubber match to take first place.
In addition, the team won the top design award, which is the second-highest honor presented.
The top showing qualifies Canadian Valley for the state competition in March, also on the Northeastern State campus. This is the second Canadian Valley VEX Robotics team to qualify for state.
The team coach is Angela Northcutt, who is one of two pre-engineering instructors at Canadian Valley's Cowan Campus.
The VEX Robotics Design System offers students a platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It also allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students' abilities.
Bill Kramer, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Canadian Valley Technology Center