Nearly three dozen middle school and high school robotics teams will converge upon the Yukon Middle School Campus this Saturday, Jan. 11, for the Third Annual Red Dirt Rumble.
This is a sanctioned state qualifier for VEX Robotics. The state championships will be March 12-13 in Catoosa.
Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Red Dirt Robotics group is the site host for the regional event at YMS, 801 Garth Brooks Blvd. Competition is expected to take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no admission fee.
VEX competitions require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills as teams design and build a robot to play against other teams in a game-based challenge. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April in Louisville, Ky.
CV Tech’s Red Dirt Robotics team, comprised entirely of Pre-Engineering students enrolled at the El Reno Campus, has won the past two consecutive VEX Robotics Oklahoma state championships and has appeared at the world championships in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019. CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus will also have teams competing.
Over 11,500 teams from 40 countries compete in more than 750 tournaments each year worldwide. This year’s engineering challenge game is called Tower Takeover. All tournaments are played on identical 12’ x 12’ indoor game fields.