This year, our VEX U Team is competing in a strategic competition called Change Up. We have been hard at work during the first half of the school year to incorporate all of the new talented members into our team through workshops and side projects. We selected nine of our experienced and passionate members for Team Lead positions in order to better manage our operations in the face of significant member growth. For the first semester, members mostly worked in sub-teams to produce basic robot designs from start to finish using VEX infrastructure. We are now transitioning to a structure of four interconnected committees – Logistics, Mechanics, Software, and Special Projects/Machine Learning. This new organization will facilitate the process of designing, building, testing, and competing with robots.
For 2020-2021, we will be entering three robots directly in the VEX U Competition. One of our robots is used for an individual driver-controlled and autonomous skills match. This one is well underway. By the end of Winter Break, our team expects to have completed our two other robots. These will compete in tandem, head-to-head, against other schools. We have shrewdly incorporated more additive manufactured and third party components this year to better optimize our designs. We have modeled and virtually assembled these together using Fusion360. In about two months, we will begin to compete in VEX U tournaments. Our team can’t wait to take a shot at qualifying for the 2021 World Finals in Dallas.