Road to VEX Worlds: VCAT, East Elmhurst, New York

March 23, 2016

Road to VEX Worlds is a weekly series featuring teams on their path to Louisville, Kentucky, on April 20-23, 2016, to compete with 1,000 teams from nearly 30 countries under one roof for one epic celebration as we crown the World Champions!

This week we caught up with VEX U team VCAT2 from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in East Elmhurst, NY, who shared with us how inspired they are by the next generation of VEX Robotics students. In fact, the team explained that the best part of the season has been offering their expertise and knowledge with younger members of the VEX Robotics community. VCAT frequently volunteers at VEX Robotics Competitions in New York as they seek to help the middle school and high school students design, build, and program their robots and share news of their efforts on Facebook.

The team's current game strategy is to create custom match robots and with those robots they seek to balance their offense/defense with different autonomous routines. The team also has customized skills robots, which help them as they seek to score the maximum number of points. Members of VCAT also shared that their robots are modeled in DS Solidworks before moving forward with the physical assembly of the robot. In fact, many of the parts they're using this year are custom modeled and printed. Pretty amazing considering the challenges they've face this season, which might sound familiar to a number of other VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U teams, namely creating a variety of robot designs with limited resources. Yet, the challenges the team faced haven't ended there, as they are now seeking to raise funds to help create a cohesive team look with new uniforms for their trip to VEX Worlds.

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