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Robotics at Faith

FEBRUARY 2017: FCHS team wins Colorado State Championship!

JANUARY 2017: CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Christian Robotics Team 1826A, who qualified for, and received an official invitation for the US Open Nationals Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in April, after a January 14, 2017 event. Currently they are ranked 49th in the World out of 15,000+ teams for programming and robot driving skills, which currently qualifies them for the World Championship!!!

The VEX competitions, are always played on a 12’ x 12’ field, but the scoring objects and rules of the game are changed every year. This keeps things fresh and presents students with an ever-changing engineering challenge.  Along with the Standard Matches, which pit two alliances of two teams each against each other, two additional challenges are played at every tournament.  In the Robot Skills Challenge, one robot & drive team play alone to see how points they can score in 60 seconds, and in the Programming Skills Challenge, one robot using only sensors and programming runs autonomously to see how many points it can score in 60 seconds. The majority of the teams that qualify for VEX worlds consist of the winners of various state, regional, and national tournaments.  The top 30 World Programming Skills scores and top 30 World Robot Skills scores also qualify for spots at the VEX World Championship. 

FCHS Robotics Program: Robotics will challenge students to design, build and program robots to play a game as part of the international VEX Robotics Competition.  This is a hands-on course in which students build skills in mechanical prototyping and design, CAD software, computer programming, problem solving, project management and teamwork.  The course also involves work in public relations, including marketing and web site development and maintenance.  The student participants meet outside of school, usually one night a week and also on Saturday mornings before competitions.  For more information, please contact fuseroboticsteam@gmail.com and check out the VEX website at www.vexrobotics.com. 

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Spring 2016:  FCHS Robotics Team Wins "Create Award" at World Competition!

Faith Christian’s robotics team recently wrapped up another successful season at the 2016 VEX World Championship, which was held in Louisville, KY on April 20th through 23rd.  The team won the “Create Award” at Worlds, which is given to the team that demonstrated the most highly creative and ambitious engineering solution to the design challenges of the season’s game.   This past season, Faith Christian competed along with over 16,000 VEX teams from 40 countries, with the goal of being one of the 672 teams that qualified for Worlds.  The path for Faith’s return to Worlds this year started back in April of 2015; as the students began brainstorming ideas on the flight home from the 2015 VEX World Championships.

robotics 2Faith’s robotics team for the 2015/2016 season had 13 dedicated students, and fielded 3 robots at the Colorado state level tournaments. The competition level in Colorado was incredibly high, with teams from Faith Christian, Kent Denver, Loveland, and Johnstown all competing world class robots.  The state finals came down to an alliance of Faith Christian’s team 1826 and Johnstown’s team 9019A against Kent Denver’s team 3946E and Loveland’s 974X.  Faith’s alliance ended up taking 2nd place, but with the total match score of the final at 579 points, the excellence of all four of the teams was evident.  The final match had the highest total score out over 450,000 VEX matches played in the world during the competition season.  It wasn’t until the World Division Finals playoffs, that the score was finally eclipsed.  Loveland’s 974X went on to finish 3rd overall in the World, which was the same final position that Faith achieved last year.  Two of Faith’s robots qualified for and competed at the US Open Robotics Championship in Council Bluffs, IA in early April.  Faith’s team 1826 got 2nd place at the US Open Championship in Programming Skills.

Students interested in robotics at Faith have several options to learn more, and become involved in this exciting opportunity. At the Middle School, there will be a STEM Class that includes robotics as an area of study available this next school year.  At the High School, the Robotics 1 class is being offered again, and all students have the opportunity to become involved with the VEX Robotics Club.  Look for team’s table at the back to school night in August, or contact the club mentors at fuseroboticsteam@gmail.com for more information. 

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robot prayerSpring 2015: Faith Christian's Robotics Team Finishes THIRD in the WORLD!!!

Sitting around a workshop table, six Faith Christian students laugh and talk as they reminisce on their recent experience winning third place at the 2015 VEX World Robotics Competition.  A cheerleader. An intellectual. A theater nerd. A burgeoning engineer. A sporty girl. A computer programmer.  “There’s a place for everyone, it doesn’t matter who you are,” said sophomore Keith Horton, the engineer.

In April these six students, all part of FCHS Team 1826 “The Fuse” headed down to Louisville, Kentucky, for the competition. Once there, the team, one of 450 qualifying teams worldwide, spent the next few days competing in qualifying, divisional tournament rounds and then the world championship round with a robot they’ve been programming, constructing and reconstructing over the last year. Click here to read the Arvada Press news article