VEXMEN Team 91C Cyclops, sponsored by Laser-View Technologies, brought home the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) High School Division Design Award at the U.S. Open Robotics Championship last week.

Over 550 teams from 40 states plus Canada and China competed in the 10th U.S. Open Robotics Championship, held April 5-7, 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The skills portion of the competition included the 2017-2018 VEX Robotics challenge In the Zone, which tests the ability of a team’s robot to build stacks of traffic pylon-like cones and place them in various scoring zones on a 12′ x 12′ playing field.

Team 91C earned the Design Award in the tournament’s High School Division by demonstrating the most effective and efficient robot design process. Criteria for the Design Award rely heavily on the quality of the Engineering Notebook submitted by the team, and on evaluation of the team’s understanding and application of an effective robot design process, as demonstrated in an interview with competition judges. The practical objective of the Design Award is to help students acquire real-world life skills, including project and time management, brainstorming, and teamwork.

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