VEXCompOsseo Senior High will host a Dream It. Do It. VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, Jan. 10. Fifty teams from across Minnesota – and a few from Wisconsin – will compete in the Skyrise themed competition vying for a spot to take their robot to state. Spectators are welcome to attend free. The competition's opening ceremony is at 9:20 a.m. followed by qualification rounds. Elimination rounds begin at 3:30 p.m. with awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Awards will be distributed for excellence, programming skills, robot skills, tournament champions, finalists and semifinalists, programming skills and design. These winners will qualify for the state VEX Robotics Tournament in St. Cloud on Jan. 23-24.

Additional awards will be given for judge’s choice, sportsmanship, energy, teamwork, partner of the year and mentor of the year.

VEX Robotics competitions are exciting events where teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. VEX Robotics is the world’s largest and fastest-growing global robotics competition for middle and high school. More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries participate in more than 750 tournaments annually. Each year, a theme with specific tasks for the robot to complete is chosen. The 2014-15 theme is Skyrise.

Video explanation of Skyrise challenge (Courtesy of


-Published Jan. 5, 2015