RoboDesigners at the VEX World Championship
were part of our early TechBrick teams. When
they moved to Virginia they continued with US
FIRST and now VEX]
April 18-21, RoboDesigners, a homeschool
robotics club from Roanoke, Virginia, competed
at the 2012 VEX Robotics World Championship.
Held in Anaheim, California, the event hosted
600 VEX teams ranging in age from middle school
to college. RoboDesigners placed 21st out of 99
teams in the Engineering division with a 7-3
record, playing against two of the three teams
that won the World Champion title.
In competitive robotics, team members learn
valuable life skills including time management,
communication, and teamwork. Team members also
learn the design process, programming, and
problem solving hands-on, preparing them for
engineering careers. The lessons students
experientially learn in robotics stay with them
throughout their lives, giving them an advantage
in the workforce of tomorrow
Community service is a priority for
RoboDesigners. Members lead an annual FIRST LEGO
League Coaches’ Workshop, volunteer at robotics
tournaments, and have hosted STEM classes. For
three years, they shared robotics at a career
expo in Lynchburg with thousands of middle and
high school students attending.
After moving to southwest Virginia, Patrick
and Cari Norton founded RoboDesigners in 2007.
The team went on to win awards in FIRST LEGO
League for the next four years, and eventually
joined VEX as team members entered high school.
They have performed well over the past five
years, earning 18 awards and attending World
Competitions twice. Visit RoboDesigners.com for
more information about the team.