20 Teams Compete at Coyote VEX IQ Challenge

Photo of Teamwork award winners at VEX IQ Challenge. The Coyote VEX IQ Challenge Teamwork Award went to the Narwhals from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Guardians from Vermillion Area Robotics Club in Vermillion, South Dakota.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Twenty teams from three states competed at the Coyote VEX IQ Challenge hosted at the University of South Dakota, Jan. 27.

The competition, which challenged about 100 elementary and middle school students to build a robot that could complete a variety of tasks in a timed setting, drew schools from South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Students were judged on their competition score, robotics engineering design, computer programming, STEM project, sportsmanship and teamwork.

The 2018 Coyote VEX IQ Challenge was supported by the University of South Dakota, the Vermillion Chamber & Development Company, Masaba, the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the Vermillion Area Robotics Club (VARC).

Over the past four years, VARC has grown to be one of the premier competitive robotics teams in the state and region earning top honors in national and international competitions. With community support, VARC has provided STEM activities to over 100 area children each year.

A full list of awards and team winners:

Teamwork Award - Narwhals from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and The Guardians from Vermillion Area Robotics Club in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Excellence Award - Narwhals from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Robot Skills Champion Award (Programming and Driving Skills) - Narwhals from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Design Award - Bots of the Rings from Vermillion Area Robotics Club in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Judges Award - The Hive from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

STEM Research Project Award - The Guardians from Vermillion Area Robotics Club in Vermillion, South Dakota.

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