The Jefferson Craig Elementary School Robotics Team traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa last week to compete in the “Create U.S. Vex IQ Robotics Competition”.
There were 66 teams that competed in the competition from all over the United States and China. Out of all of those teams, the Jeff-Craig team finished sixth overall.
“In our alliance matches we worked with teams from California, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Florida, Nebraska, Hawaii, and Beijing China,” Coach Brian Grigsby said. “The first day of competition was a little rough. The teams we were aligned with failed to complete all of their tasks. This lowered our average score and ranking. The second day of competition had better results with scores closer to 200. This increased our average score and ranking qualifying us for the final matches.”
Grigsby said that in the final match the Jeff-Craig team worked with a team from Florida, and the teams combined to score 190 points. With that final score, Jeff-Craig finished sixth overall in the competition.
“I am very proud of our robotics students,” Grigsby said. “They worked very hard and do the majority of the building, programming, STEM, and research on their own. As coaches we encourage our students to troubleshoot problems they have, so they know how to fix the issues. The Jeff-Craig students represented our school and community very well. They received many compliments on their performance, behavior, and enthusiasm during the event. Although we did not come back with a trophy this time, this was a learning experience these students will never forget. They met every goal they set for this competition from interacting with kids from China and learning how to program “strafing” for our robot.”
The Jefferson-Craig team will now move on to the Worlds Competition, which will be held on Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st in Louisville, Kentucky.
The team is also coached by Connie Ingels. Team members include: Melisa Gipson, Patty Miller, Isaac Smith, Evan Bosaw, Brayden South, Davin Humbert, Logan Crepin, Bradley Romans, Cale Collier, Aaryan Soni, Johnathan Sweeney, Cooper Todd, Alex Smith, and Seth Stafford.