We Do STEM Competitions
By supporting competitive robotics in the region through the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) platforms, we have built a solid reputation in Northern Virginia for supporting local teams as well as organizing and hosting stellar robotics competitions. We have run the VEX State Championship every year since 2014.
First of all, robotics integrates STEM. Students involved in competitive robotics develop skills in computer programming, engineering, and science. Secondly, they practice communicating and collaborating as a team while using creativity and critical-thinking to problem solve. The real-world environment of competition allows students to think on the fly and adapt to obstacles in a fun environment. Overall, competitive robotics engages the imagination to pursue the STEM disciplines and develops the precision to excel in them. It’s an all-encompassing gateway to future STEM programs, degrees, and careers.
We partner with schools (public and private) and community organizations by providing equipment, event training and intern support. Local competitions need volunteers and when competition dates are available you can sign up to volunteer with specific event partners. Competition season runs from November through March.
VEX Robotics State Championship
NOVA SySTEMic is proud to organize and run the VEX Robotics State Championship every year. It’s the showpiece robotics event that teams qualify for during the regular competition season. Called “States” for short, each competition is held in February. However, States19 will be held in Doswell on March 1-3, 2019. More information on States19 will be available on this page as we get closer to competition season.
Click here for photos from States18 and States17.
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