CSU IEEE, VEX robotics to host spring robotics competition


By: Doug Turrington

Dec. 10th, 2018


The Cleveland State University branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), in collaboration with VEX Robotics, will host the VEX Robotics Competition State Qualifier at the Cleveland State Recreation Center Feb. 2, 2019. With doors opening at 7:30 a.m., the annual event is $90 per team and is open to middle school and high school students in the Northeast Ohio area.

The event, ran by volunteers each year, has students compete in teams of four. A predetermined game then allows participants to demonstrate their robot’s ability to perform certain tasks — and in turn, their ability to program robotics for functional usage.

This year’s game is called Turning Point, and for it, students will need to create a robot that can perform two main tasks: the robots will need to be able to drive or mount themselves up onto platforms and they will need the ability to throw a projectile.

“The robots have to be able to pick up balls, throw them, and hit flags to rotate them,” said Jake Richey, a senior in Cleveland State’s electrical engineering program and the leader of the VEX Competition Planning Committee. “That’s how the game is scored."

Several of the competitors will receive recognition for various accomplishments, but the main prize is qualifying for the state tournament. According to Richey, not only will the tournament winner qualify, but teams with a strong notes, schematics and other documentation in their “engineering notebooks” can qualify, as well.

“[The engineering notebooks] are heavily emphasized,” Richey said. “An Excellence Award is awarded to a team that is competitive in the tournament, may not have won, but had an incredible engineering notebook.”
This year, Richey and a committee rounded out by Cleveland State students Amani Hamideh, Andrey Yushchishin and Stephen Matz, expect to have about 40 teams participating in the event. For the committee and IEEE, it’s a leadership and team building opportunity, as well as a chance to meet upcoming students, network and fundraise.

“I believe the program gives students an opportunity to actually use what they learn and compete and make it fun,” Richey said. “I think that it’s a great program.”

For more information on the event, contact Jake Richey at jhrichey10@gmail.com or IEEE Cleveland State President, Brighid Rancour at brighidranc@gmail.com.


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