STEM, CTE, STEAM, etc. All are acronyms used for various educational programs So no doubt, many of us educators are familiar with them. STEM, of course, is Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, CTE is Career Technology Education.
The acronym (which is not really an acronym) that I am blogging on today has to do with the acronyms above – it is VEX! As in VEX Robotics. Here is what the VEX Robotics Website says:
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students (ages 11-18).
Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills.
Now, you may be wondering, why is he blogging on robotics? The answer is simpler than you think. We at MCCC sponsor several robotics teams: we provide space for them on campus, and host regional and state competitions on campus. Oh, but it gets even better! One of our middle school teams, Team 3547A consisting of Marissa Harrison and Tessa Garlipied entered the State competition by winning the Excellence Award and went on to become state champions! I had the pleasure of meeting these two young ladies (yes, I said ladies) last week as they prepared for their next competition.
We are proud of Marrissa and Tessa and are grateful to their mentors and coaches (who include some of our own students and faculty). This time the state of Michigan, Next, the nation, then the world!