The Osseo Destroyers, team 2845A, from Osseo Senior High, won the Sportsmanship Award at the Dream It Do It Central Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament on Jan. 25. The tournament was held at the River’s Edge Convention Center and hosted by St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
Throughout the day, each team had a chance to submit a vote for who displayed sportsmanship. Fifty-one teams competed, including four other teams from Osseo.
This was their second competition this year. They had competed earlier this year at the Dream It Do It Southern Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament hosted by Riverland Community College in Albert Lea. At that tournament, they were Tournament Finalists.
To prepare for the tournament, each team learned the game Toss Up, which involves maneuvering large balls into different zones, stashing small balls into containers and hanging robots from a bar at the end of the game. They designed, built and programmed their robot using the VEX Robotics Design System, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They also learned an equally important set of skills, including communication, critical thinking, project management and teamwork.
The Dream It Do It Central Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament was one of three tournaments in Minnesota. These tournaments are part of more than 400 tournaments taking place throughout the 2013-14 season, engaging more than 7,300 teams from 26 countries around the world.
“These tournaments are a fun and educational opportunity for these students,” said Aaron Barker, event coordinator and energy and electronics instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. “They have the opportunity to build their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills while also learning about career opportunities where they can use these skills in advanced manufacturing. Today’s manufacturers want to have employees like these students.
The Dream It Do It VEX Robotics Tournament in St. Cloud was led by 360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence. Many of the Minnesota VEX Robotics Teams receive VEX kits from colleges that are part of 360-degrees Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center of Excellence. Additional support came from Park Industries along with other area companies and manufacturing associations.
The Osseo Destroyers also received the “energy award” at its most recent competition in Menomonie this past weekend.