Austin’s Microbots come up big at State VEX IQ Tournament

Published 10:22 am Monday, March 4, 2024

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A team of Austin middle school students is heading to take on the world after a successful run at the Minnesota State VEX IQ Tournament on Saturday.

The Microbots, consisting of Megan Grush, Noah Anderson, Clark Ekins, and Ian Carolan, won the Teamwork Championship AWard and the Excellence Award, the highest award given at the tournament.

They will next compete in the largest VEX Robotics Competition in the world on April 30-May 3 in Dallas, Texas.

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During the tournament the team competed in eight qualification matches, three driving skills, and three autonomous runs. 

The team also submitted their Engineering notebook where they had documented the engineering design process of building the robot and community outreach.

The Microbots have taught robotics at both the Boys of Tomorrow camp and the More than Pink programs last summer. Most recently they had been mentoring the Neveln Elementary robotics teams.

The state event hosted 27 middle school teams and 48 elementary teams.