Robotics is not only fun, it also immerses students in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,) subjects that otherwise might seem too boring or too difficult. As students advance through a robotics program, they also advance in engineering and programming skills that prepare them for a wide range of potential careers. Robotics competition clubs also provide a community where students make friends and connect with other students with similar interests. As students prepare for competitions, they also develop teamwork, perseverance, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking -- skills that are essential to success in the 21st Century workplace.
VEX Educational Robotics (EDR) is a robotics construction system for students from middle school to college.
- students design, build, and code
- built in motivation: beginners can build drivable robots in a few hours
- versatile component system with endless design possibilities encourages creativity
- use of engineering design process develops problem solving skills
- programming options allow students to advance from a simple drag and drop interface to text based coding to C++
- competitions award students for teamwork, robot construction, robot design, driving skills, programming skills, and more
VEX IQ is a snap together robotics system for students from elementary to middle school.
- fun, engaging, hands-on learning perfect for inspiring students in STEM
- building and programming fundamentals lead naturally to the next level of EDR
- IQ features a video game style interface that is familiar to students
- graphical programming based on Scratch
- as students design, build, and code, they develop computational thinking skills and problem solving
A grant from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation helped 30 Davis Schools add VEX Robotics to their STEM programs in 2018-2019. The Rookie Invitational allowed novice teams such as the Creekside Comets to experience their first competition in a supportive environment.
Information on all VEX robotic events can be found at robotevents.com
Davis Schools With VEX Robotics
Davis High School - Dane Leifson
Layton High School - Steven Richards
Syracuse High School - Geoff Warren
Woods Cross High School - Bob Hawkes
Junior High Schools
Bountiful Junior High School - Wes Gold
Centennial Junior High School -
Centerville Junior High School - Delia Bayna
Central Davis Junior High School - Shawn Gardner
Fairfield Junior High School - Dustin Gardner
Farmington Junior High School -Jali Page, Tim Robinett
Kaysville Junior High School -Payden Littlefield
Millcreek Junior High School -Katy Wilson
North Davis Junior High School -Ann Riding
North Layton Junior High School -Jonathan Lai
Shoreline Junior High School -
Syracuse Junior High School -Jessica Constant
Antelope Elementary - Tracey Saxey
Cook Elementary - Thomas Holbrook
Creekside Elementary - Suzanne Blankinship, Laura Jensen
Crestview Elementary - Brittney Welch, Kathy Johnson, Emily Tanner
Doxey Elementary - Norah Baron, Bethany Carlton
Eagle Bay Elementary - David Fernandez
East Layton Elementary -Brenda Lanham, Heather Nance, Patricia Farris
Farmington Elementary - Ann Bradley
Foxborro Elementary - Susan Case Harry
Kaysville Elementary - Debbie Olson, Jennifer Slater, Jayann Mansfield
King Elementary - Lailoni Elgrren, Troy Taylor
Muir Elementary -Jessica Christensen, Angela Robinson
Oak Hills Elementary - Cassie Earl, Kerry Tilley, Robin Reynolds
Odyssey Elementary - Stacy Redd, Christine Romano
Orchard Elementary - Erica Brown, Sara Wilson
Sand Springs Elementary -Grant Hall, Lisa Bodily, RaeAnn Shelley
Stewart Elementary - Suzanne Hatch, Shuang Hatch
Syracuse Elementary -Katie Brown, Shelley Wilson
Valley View Elementary - Sara Weston, Sherilynne McKee
West Bountiful Elementary - Susan Earnshaw, Greta Pollard
2019 Season Results
Going into the World Championships, April 24-30, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, the Davis High School team, the Mythical Majestic Mantis, is ranked second in the world.
At the Utah VRC Championship on February 23, 2019, Davis High School qualified a number of teams for the World Championship. Davis High School teams were named Tournament Champions, Tournament Finalists, Robot Skills Champion, and also won several special awards for Innovate, Design, and Think.
Complete results are available at https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-18-5063.html.
At the Utah state VEX IQ Challenge on February 16, 2019, Syracuse Junior High School earned the top honors winning the Excellence Award, the 2nd Place Teamwork Champion Awards, and the Robot Skills Champion Award.
Other winning teams came from Central Davis and North Layton Junior High Schools and from Burton, Knowlton, and Windridge Elementary Schools.
Complete results for the Middle School Division are available at
Complete results for the Elementary Division are available at
The Davis Rookie Invitational
A grant from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation brought VEX IQ to twenty Davis elementary schools in 2018. The Rookie Invitational was created to help ease the students from these schools into competition. At the Invitational, held on February 2, 2019, Antelope Elementary earned the top honors winning the Excellence Award, the Teamwork Champion Awards, and the Robot Skills Champion Award.
“Those Kids,” team 84776A, took top honors with the Excellence Award. The alliance between 84776A and “Antelope Tech,” team 84776B, earned the two teams the Teamwork Champion Award. Team 84776B also won the Robot Skills Champion Award and the Think Award.
School Award Team Name
Odyssey Elementary Amaze Award Buzz
West Bountiful Elementary Build Award BearCubRobotix
Muir Elementary Create Award Muir Robotics
North Davis Jr High Design Award Norsemen
Foxboro Elementary Energy Award FoxBots
Syracuse Elementary Inspire Award Syracuse Stingers
Sand Springs Elementary J udges Award Rocky Mountain Stallions
For complete results: