We are dedicated to celebrating the achievements of students working on Robotics and related activities throughout Nebraska. Through recognizing their achievements, encouraging Nebraska's future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


2017 Jr. Jacket VEX IQ Tournament Results

October 28, 2017 The Jr. Jacket VEX IQ Tournament is the first VEX IQ tournament in the region. Elementary and Middle School teams from Iowa and Nebraska came to compete in the Ringmaster game. They got the chance to show off their early designs and learn a lot of lessons they’ll use later in the season.

The STEM Research Project Award was awarded to team 2501X (Team X-Treme) from Thomas Jefferson. The Design Award was awarded to team 2501W (The Hive) from Thomas Jefferson. The Sportsmanship Award was awarded to team 985F (Process of Alumination) from Mary Our Queen School.

This tournament also qualified two teams for the US Open VEX IQ Tournament. The Excellence award was awarded to team 985B (Spartans) from Mary Our Queen School. The Teamwork Champion Award was earned by 2501Z (Narwhals) from Thomas Jefferson and 985B (Spartans). The Robot Skills Champions were 2501Z (Narwhals) from Thomas Jefferson.

A great performance by these teams and the rest of the field! Check out the results below. Continue reading

Know the Challenge: Ringmaster

Know the Challenge

Each season brings a new IQ Challenge, which means new game objects, field objects and rules.  The intent of this email is to ensure students on every team have all information they need to have a successful and rewarding season.  Please forward to anyone that would be interested, including students, parents and mentors.

It’s all about collaboration
VEX IQ Challenge competitions focus on teams collaborating on the field to score the highest score they can together. The better the students understand the game, the more prepared they are to collaborate with others. The better they collaborate, the more rewarding the experience is for the team.

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Nebraska & Iowa VEX IQ Challenge Season Starts

The 2017-18 VEX IQ Challenge season has begun in Iowa and Nebraska, with teams competing with each other in the Ringmaster game.  This will be the most exciting VEX IQ season with the expansion in teams and tournaments.

Rapid Growth in VEX IQ Challenge Teams

In 3 years, Nebraska and Iowa has seen rapid growth in VEX IQ Challenge teams.  We’ve already doubled the number of teams from last year, with more teams planning to register this season.  This growth has earned our region an additional World Championship Qualification spot for this season (now 3 spots).  If the team growth continues, we could earn additional bonus spots this season.

Also, we’ve been fortunate to maintain an even split between Elementary and Middle school teams.  Hopefully we continue to grow each division to allow both the opportunity for awards at each grade level at all tournaments.

Season     MS
Teams    
Elem
Teams    
Total
Teams    
Worlds
Spots    
# of
Events
2015-16 1 0 1 1 0
2016-17 5 5 10 2 3
2017-18* 12 14 26 3** 7

* Registration is still in process for the season.
** Based on the overall team growth by December 31st, REC could grant additional World Spots to our region. Continue reading

2017 Nebraska & Iowa Online Challenge Entries

The mission for Robotics in Nebraska is to develop critical Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills.  These skills will prepare our students to succeed in a future job environment that will be very different from what we see today.

Robotics competitions have been a effective way to engage students and get them interested in developing these skills, but it isn’t the only method.  We encourage many other activities that develop our students, including judged presentations and online challenges.  This year, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation ran eleven different Online Challenges that spotlighted different skill sets for students to work on.

Nebraska and Iowa Entries

We’d like to spotlight the great work we’ve seen from Nebraska and Iowa teams on the Online Challenges.  We saw high quality submissions across both High School and Middle School.  You can recognize their projects by voting for their entries and/or ‘Liking’ their entry pages.  Check them all out:

High School

1028 – Brownell Talbot

1064 – Omaha North HS

3018 – Techna Pwn Robotics

Middle School

1073 – RM Marrs Magnet Center (MS)

985 – Mary Our Queen (MS)

Did we miss one?

There’s a good chance that we may have missed an entry from Nebraska or Iowa. We tried to find all of the entries we could, but you can help by sending us additional entries that we can add to this post. Send an email to [email protected]

Heartland Regional Robotics Middle School World Qualifiers

Congratulations to the world qualifiers from the Middle School division of the Heartland Regional Robotics Championships.  Five teams qualified for the upcoming World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Award Number School Winner
Excellence Award 3018V TechnaPwns VEXcalibur
Tournament Champions 1060A Buffet MS 21 Bolt Street
1073A Marrs MS Decoded
1028J Brownell Talbot Murphy’s Law
Design Award 3018E TechnaPwns EMC^2

Heartland Regional Robotics High School World Qualifiers

Congratulations to the world qualifiers from the High School division of the Heartland Regional Robotics Championships.  Eleven teams qualified for the upcoming World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Award Number School Winner
Excellence Award 1064A Omaha North Nebraska Nerd Herd
Tournament Champions 5813B Abraham Lincoln Black Squirrels
1970K Mount Michael Knight Shift
1064A Omaha North Nebraska Nerd Herd
Tournament Finalists 2501J Thomas Jefferson Full Metal Jackets
1064P Omaha North Almost HD
1045D Benson The Bunny Overload
Programming Skills Winner 8675 NRAI Fuzzy Wuzzy 2.0
Programming Skills Second Place 5233J NRAI Justice League
Robot Skills Winner 6813B Millard West MW M^3
Design Award 1028A Brownell Talbot C:\DOS\RUN

2016 High School Heartland Regional Qualifiers

Congratulations to the 44 High School teams who qualified for the Heartland Regional Robotics Championship. The VRC Heartland Regional Robotics Championship will host 44 of the best High School VEX Robotics teams from Iowa and Nebraska. These teams will compete for eleven qualifying spots to the 2016 VEX Robotics World Championships.

You can find full event details for the High School division.
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2016 Middle School Heartland Regional Qualifiers

Congratulations to the 32 Middle School teams who qualified for the Heartland Regional Robotics Championship. The VRC Heartland Regional Robotics Championship will host 32 of the best Middle School VEX Robotics teams from Iowa and Nebraska. These teams will compete for five qualifying spots to the 2016 VEX Robotics World Championships.

You can find full event details for the Middle School Division.
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Heartland Regional Championship Qualifiers as of Feb 6th

This weekend held the final two qualifying events for the Heartland Regional Robotics Championships.  Teams across Nebraska and Iowa competed at the ‘2016 Western Iowa Pwnament’ and the ‘Omaha North High’ VEX Robotics tournaments this weekend.

Congratulations to the three newly qualified High School teams who will be competing at the Heartland Regional Robotics Championship: 6813C (MW LEO LIFT) from Millard West High School, 1064P (OPS – Almost HD) from Omaha North High School, and 1045D (OPS – The Bunny Overload) from Benson High School.

The VRC Heartland Regional Robotics Championship will host 44 of the best High School VEX Robotics teams and 32 of the best Middle School VEX Robotics teams from Iowa and Nebraska. This post is an unofficial list of the teams have currently qualified for the Heartland Regional Robotics Championships as of December 12th, 2015. Check out the full details of who has qualified below. Note: This post is unofficial, it should not be used in an official capacity.

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