Oklahoma City University will host the state robotic battle championships for elementary, middle and high school students Feb. 1. The VEX Robotics tournaments will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Abe Lemons Arena at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. Admission is free to the public.
Teams from schools across Oklahoma will battle against each other with robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in Toss Up, a game developed by VEX Robotics, Inc., and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. REC is an organization promoting educational and competitive robotics.
The teams in the state competition have qualified by winning competitions and judged awards at five local competitions held from October through January, or that have secured wild-card positions through programming or robotics skills scores. Two divisions of the VEX Robotics Competition — one for middle school and one for high school — will compete. In addition, a VEX-IQ tournament called Add It Up will draw rookie teams from across Oklahoma to show their skills.
There were 24 middle school and 24 high school teams that qualified for the state robotics tournament. They will compete for six World Championship slots in each division. There were 20 elementary/middle school teams that qualified for the VEX-IQ.
The Toss Up competition is part of a series of tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional and local sponsors. The competition season culminates each spring with the top performing teams from local and state tournaments competing against each other at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif. At the World Championship, more than 750 teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from other countries around the world including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S.
See details about the Toss Up game and the tournaments on the REC Foundation website.
The Oklahoma tournament is sponsored by Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Great Plains Technology Center, Lockheed-Martin, CGI Federal and Communities Foundation of Oklahoma.
Schedule of events on Feb. 1:
7:30 a.m. – venue opens
7:45 – inspections begin
9 – Opening Ceremonies
9:15 – Qualification Matches Begin
9:30 – Skills Field Open
Noon – 1:30 p.m. – Break for Lunch
1:30 – Qualification Matches Continue
3 – Qualification Matches End
3:15 – Alliance Selections
3:30 – Finals
4-5 – Awards