Vaughn College Robotics Team Wins Excellence Award at Vex-U Worlds Competition
On Thursday, May 5, Vaughn College’s robotics team competed against more than 70 national and international universities from around the world at the VEX U Worlds Robotics competition in Dallas, Texas. Thanks to their efforts, they received the award of excellence. The Excellence Award is the highest honor given in VEX competitions. This award is given to the team that the judges want others to emulate and “best exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality robotics program.” In order to be considered for the award, competing teams must submit an engineering notebook and place first in the qualifications and robotics skills categories. Along with the win, Vaughn also earned third place in the Robotics Skills Champion category and automatically qualified for the VEX U Worlds Robotics competition in 2023.
“The World Championship is a tough competition in which only the best American regional and world champions are qualified to participate,” said Dr. Hossein Rahemi, chairman of the engineering and technology department, who was on hand to provide support. to the team. “The team has worked extremely hard again this year and we want to congratulate the members for maintaining their position among the top ranked competitors and top robotics teams in the world.”
Vaughn’s robotics team, nicknamed “VCAT”, finished the qualifying rounds with a total of nine wins and just one loss to advance to the 16-team playoffs. In round 16, the team defeated Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. In the quarterfinals, VCAT defeated the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to advance to the semifinals. After an intense match, Vaughn lost to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville who eventually advanced to the finals.
The 2023 VEX U Worlds robotics competition will be held in Dallas, Texas, where VCAT will seek to replicate its success.
Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, not-for-profit four-year college that enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degree programs in engineering, technology, management, and aviation on its campus. principal in New York and online. The student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Eighty-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates work in professional positions, 75 percent in a related field, or choose to continue their education within a year of graduation. In recent years, outside of a pandemic, Vaughn’s student scores have typically averaged above 95% and have been at 99%, 98%, and 97% in the previous three years. The institution enrolls many first-generation students and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution. In a study conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project and reported in The New York Times, Vaughn was ranked number one in upward mobility nationwide. For more information about Vaughn College, visit www.vaughn.edu.
Vaughn College’s robotics team competed against more than 70 national and international universities around the world at the VEX U Worlds robotics competition in Dallas, Texas, and won the Achievement Award, the highest honor given in VEX competitions.