Timberline Middle School runs a Robotics Club for all students grade 6-8. This is a competitive club that learns about robotics concepts and builds a robot to compete in the VEX IQ Global Challenge. Teams are composed of 3-5 students and at least one parent coach. We hold meetings at school and students may take their robotics kits home between meetings to work on their robots. 

2019-2020 VEX IQ Challenge

Rubrics and Tournament Information

Commitment:

  • Attend meetings (time and location TBD)
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of school per week
  • 1 parent coach to manage the team
    • Coach coordinates parents, students and communicates with club advisors
    • Coach registers team online and manages tournament fees and travel
    • Coach organizes and supervises outside of school meetings
  • 1 mandatory tournament at Timberline (other tournaments are available but optional)
  • 1 mandatory LWSD League
  • Potential travel to state competition or even world competition based on qualification 

Expenses:

  • School ASB Fee (One time per year school wide fee for any student joining any school clubs or activities)
  • $40 Robotics club fee per student (covers parts and expenses)
  • $100 per team one time registration fee to enter the VEX IQ Competition
  • $40 per team per tournament registration fee (to be paid when registering team online for the tournaments later in the year)
  • There may be more expenses for state and world competitions if teams qualify! 

Topics Covered in Club Meetings

  • Structural design
  • Scientific design notebook
  • Gearing: ratios/logistics/strategies
  • Programming (Blockly, Python, RobotC)
  • Tournament strategy and problem solving

If you would like to join Robotics Club you must follow this process:

  1. Form a team of 3-5 students (Club advisors do not form teams and they do not force students on to other teams)
  2. Find a parent/guardian willing to be your coach
  3. Come up with a team name
  4. The Team Coach uses this link to enter the team's information.
  5. Complete permission slip (file here)
  6. Bring permission slip to Mr. Steele along with receipt of completed payment(s)
  7. You will then be given a date and time to pick up your robotics kit!

All steps must be complete by the end of September. Because of the volume of students this will be a hard date, submissions after this date will not be accepted!

For more information and to be added to our distribution list please email Club Advisor Mr. Steele at jsteele@lwsd.org

Club Event Dates

  • Interest/Info Meeting - TBD
  • Registration due date - 9/30/2019
  • First Official Meeting - TBD
  • Regular meetings - TBD
  • Optional build meetings - TBD
  • First Timberline Tournament - TBD
  • LWSD League - TBD
  • State VEX IQ Tournament - TBD
  • VEX Worlds - TBD