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VEX 1-2-3 will provide students an introduction to robots without the use of a computer.  The VEX 1-2-3 program is presented in a classroom type environment and lessons and work with the students using a VEX Coder and Coder cards give students a tangible way to build projects, share ideas, and learn coding concepts in fun and engaging ways.  The VEX 1-2-3 program will have 1 robot per 2 students and be overseen by parent volunteers.

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VEX GO will move the students up a level with what they learn in VEX 1-2-3 and get then introduced to building a small mechanics and robots that have a programable interface.  Students will learn in a classroom like setting how the mechanics and programming works together along with building challenges to help them demonstrate what they learn.  With this program the students will participate in a classroom competition using a themed game.  The VEX GO program will be providing 1 kit for every 2 students and will be overseen by parent volunteers.

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VEX IQ will bring the students into building robots out of kits of parts to compete on a 6’x8’ field against other teams.  With the VEX IQ program students will learn more about the mechanics of building to create, with their cooperative imagination, a robot to complete the tasks for the challenge.  The students will learn to program their robots, using a scratch based visual programming language, to interact with a game controller and to run completely autonomous routines used in both a 2-player cooperative events and in Robot Skills (student driven) and Programming (autonomous) challenges.  The VEX IQ teams will be competing with local teams in a League environment along with Qualification event with advancement opportunities.  The VEX IQ team sizes are 3-4 students per robot and have parent volunteers to facilitate the teams.

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VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is a program where the students take what is learned at advance it through the building and programming medium scale (18” cube) sized robots out of metal extrusions along with numerous motors and sensors to compete in alliances against other alliances on a 12’ x 12’ field.  In the VRC program, students will have the opportunity to learn robot programming using both a Visual Scratch-based language and Python (structured language) depending on their interests and development level.  Students will build the robots based off their ideas to best complete the design challenges for the games.  In the game robots will be programmed to run a 15 second autonomous routine and then to be controlled and operated by a student.  The VRC program will have teams of 4-5 students per robot and teams will be facilitated by parent volunteers.

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The TriSonics is our flagship program for Allendale Robotics, founded in 2012. This team consists of high school students that compete against other teams in the nation. On this team, students are responsible for most of the work that goes into maintaining the program. Our students are mentored by professionals in the STEM industry but the students typically work amongst themselves to solve the problems of the game that is given to them. In January, our students are presented with a challenge and then have 6 weeks to design, build and program a robot that competes in the game. After this build period, our students then move onto the competition season in which they take their robot to competitions across Michigan to compete against other teams. Our students learn real-life concepts through hands on teaching. 

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