The CSU branch of IEEE successfully organized and hosted an annual VEX Robotics Competition event on Feb. 2, 2019 at the Recreation Center of CSU. The event provides a great opportunity for high school and middle school students to engage themselves in STEM activities that promote teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, and education. The competition involved 32 teams (or 128 students) from 10 different high schools and middle schools in Ohio. Every robotics team designs a robot to carry out certain tasks on a playing field. This year the tasks involve several different skills that the robot must be capable of to be competitive. These skills include climbing small pedestals, throwing plastic balls to score flags, and flipping plastic disks throughout the field. These games combine multi-disciplinary engineering fields including mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and computer science. The VEX Robotics program gives these college-bound students an advantage over their peers having already been exposed to so many fundamental concepts taught in early engineering courses.
There are over 20 CSU student volunteers throughout the day of the event. Specifically, the EECS students Derek Woods, Stephen Matz, Amani Hamideh, Andrey Yushchishin, Michael DiPiero, Daniel Quintano and Dylan Doyle all deserve recognition for their work in the different stages of the event. IEEE student officer Jacob Richey is the major organizer of the event. IEEE President and Vice President, Brighid Rancour and Mark Travis help planning and organizing the events. The competition will continue in Spring 2020.