The VEX Robotics World Championship had 15,000 participants comprising 760 teams (elementary, middle, high and college levels) from 27 countries. The NOVA1 team arrived with high hopes and two competitive robots ready to take on other challengers in the VEXU division, and returned with the title of Design Award World Champions.
For three competition days, NOVA1 went up against some of the best college teams from around the world. As the only college team representing Virginia, they met the challenge head on. Team members were interviewed by judges and endured the robot skills portion of the event, where drivers maneuver their robots to score as many points as possible by doing specific tasks within 30 seconds. After the skills challenges, NOVA1 ranked 12th in the VEXU division.
The robots had mechanical issues that kept them out of the final rounds. However, the NOVA team earned the VEXU Division Design Award which recognizes an outstanding engineering notebook based on the following criteria: (1) engineering notebook is a clear, complete document of the team’s design and build process, (2) team is able to explain their design and strategy throughout the season, (3) team demonstrates personnel, time and resource management throughout the season, and (4) teamwork and interview quality.
Being the best in the world at creating an engineering notebook for their robot design and strategy casts a spotlight on NOVA’s STEM education which is fostered throughout the year by NOVA’s STEM outreach program, SySTEMic Solutions.
“We are very proud of the students in their efforts and success in representing Northern Virginia Community College and the Commonwealth at the world championship. Their achievement not only speaks well of NOVA but also of the STEM talent that is being developed in the region through the partnership between NOVA’s SySTEMic Solutions and the region’s eight school divisions. The business community, particularly the Micron Foundation, has made collaborative STEM programs and competitions widely available in the region, and it is through their direct support that the NOVA team was created,” said SySTEMic Solutions Program Manager Josh Labrie.
The team also thanks NOVA, AFCEA-Quantico and faculty advisors Aleksander Marthinussen and Dr. Tolulope Odunlami.