BRENTWOOD ACADEMY TO HOST ROBOTICS STATE QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT
BRENTWOOD, TN—February 10, 2016 – Brentwood Academy will host a regional VEX Robotics qualifying tournament Saturday, February 13. The event, sponsored by TVA, will include more than 30 teams from across the state that will be competing to qualify for the state competition on February 27. The Brentwood Academy Robotics Invitational is open to the public and will include a full day of robotics matches from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM in the school’s middle school gym (219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood). See a list of teams competing here.
“Along with many schools worldwide, Brentwood Academy has seen the growth and increased interest in robotics engineering programs, and we are thrilled to support our students’ interest by organizing and competing in the VEX Robotics Competition state qualifying tournament,” said Wendy Stallings, Brentwood Academy physics teacher and robotics coach.
TVA is sponsoring the BA tournament as well as the upcoming State Tournament on February 27 at McGavock High School.
“TVA is supporting STEM in our Valley schools, particularly robotics. This involves supporting both schools and competitions. We want to help our students be ready for the technical jobs in the future,” said Charles Spencer, a TVA senior advisor.
VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 11,000 teams from over 25 countries that participate in more than 800 competitions worldwide. The competition season culminates each Spring, with the highly-anticipated VEX Robotics World Championship presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, which unites top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics events. Each year VEX designs a new challenge with corresponding curriculum that students use to learn engineering skills, teamwork, collaboration, programming, project management and critical thinking.
Tournaments across the world consist of teams operating in head-to-head competition with the robots that they have spent months constructing and programming. The sport-like game they are competing in this year, titled “Nothing But Net.” (See attached guide.)
Last year, two of Brentwood Academy’s robotics teams went on to compete at the World Competition and won the coveted Design Award out of 450 teams around the globe.
Founded in 1969, Brentwood Academy is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging each whole person—body, mind, and spirit—to the glory of God.