Faith Lutheran Students Represent Nevada in VEX Robotics World Competition
Students compete head-to-head with top teams from around the world
Ten high school students from Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School represented the state of Nevada in the 2015 VEX Robotics World Competition held April 15-18, 2015 in Louisville, KY. During the weeklong competition students went head-to-head against some of the best teams from around the world in the VEX Skyrise challenge, with each team winning at least two of their matches.
“On behalf of the staff, students and parents at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, we are very proud of our students competing in the 2015 VEX Robotics World Competition,” said Dr. Steven Buuck, CEO of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School. “This is the second year our school has participated in the VEX Robotics program. To have not only one, but four teams competing on a global level is truly impressive and a testament to the hard work and dedication the students and their teacher, Mr. Kobler, have put into this program.”
The journey to the world competition began at the start of the school year in August. As part of Faith Lutheran’s STEM program, students in the Engineering class formed teams of two-four to prepare for the competition. In addition to learning about engineering principles such as building bridges and bottle rockets, the teams have been working on the robots throughout the year in and outside the classroom in preparing for the big event.
In March they competed against other Nevada schools in the state championships, taking all four slots to compete at the world championships. Teams F and K earned the Tournament of Champions Award, Team C received the Excellence Award and Team D received the Think Award for the team with the most impressive and effective autonomous programming.
“I am proud of the amount of effort and teamwork the students have put in all year to represent our school and our state, especially under the competition’s high-stress, time sensitive conditions,” said Computer Science and STEM Teacher, Daniel Kobler. “Many of the junior students who participated this year had such a great time they plan to come back and compete again next year. I look forward to working with them in continuing to make this program a huge success.”
The team members participating in this year’s competition included:
Team C – Micah Oka & Zach Miller
Team D – Michael Fiscus, Kylar Sommers, Austin Choi, Ryan Warner
Team F – AJ Johnson
Team K – Trenton May, Eric Anderson, Parker Mulick
The VEX Robotics World Competition is a celebration of student accomplishments throughout the year. The top teams from more than 500 VEX Robotic Competition tournaments held in cities throughout the world during the 2014-2015 season come together to celebrate their accomplishments and compete for the ultimate prize.
This year’s game: VEX Skyrise
Each year VEX Robotics releases a game with certain objectives and scoring methods. Once students understand the game, they begin designing a robot they fill will best accomplish their goals, often redesigning throughout the process. This year’s game is VEX Skyrise. Two teams or “alliances” are assigned either blue or red colored cubes. The teams then compete on a 12’x12’ square field for the highest score by scoring their colored cubes in Floor Goals, on Posts or on their Skyrise, by Owning Posts, and by Building their Skyrise Sections. Each match consists of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play.
For more information on Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School’s S.T.E.M. program visit http://faithlutheranlv.org/STEM/.
Photos courtesy of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School
High school students Zach Miller and Micah Oka from Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School work on their robot between rounds. The students were one of four teams from the school sent to represent the state of Nevada in the 2015 VEX Robotics World Competition held Apr. 15-18 in Louisville, KY.
High school student AJ Johnson from Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School showcases his robot at the 2015 VEX Robotics World Competition held Apr. 15-18 in Louisville, KY.
The four teams of high school students from Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School with their robots at the 2015 VEX Robotics World Competition held Apr. 15-18 in Louisville, KY. The school had previously earned all four slots to represent the state of Nevada at the world competition during the state tournament in March. Pictured Left to Right: Mr. Kober, Austin Choi, Kylar Sommer, Ryan Warner, Michael Fiscus, Micah Oka, Zach Miller, AJ Johnson, Trenton May, Parker Mulick, and Eric Anderson.
About Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School
Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School is the largest non-public school in Nevada and the largest Lutheran school in the United States, with over 1,570 students enrolled in the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Faith’s 50 acre campus is located near Downtown Summerlin. The school offers traditional college preparatory curriculum and specialized technical and creative programs including STEM, Justice & Advocacy, Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship and the School of Film and Broadcast.
The school’s mission is to provide a quality education in a Christ-centered environment. For more information, visit www.FaithLutheranLV.org.