VEX Robotics Photography Challenge
Showcase youth using VEX to explore STEM. Compose a photograph that features one or more students working on a robot, testing, planning or celebrating your VEX team’s accomplishments. Use photography to tell the judges something about your own story of involvement on a competition team, in a classroom, or as a hobbyist working with VEX.
I took this photograph of our school's elementary VEX IQ team at a competition. The image shows all of the team members working together at the pit to fix up and program their robot. I feel that this photo represents the collaboration and teamwork skills that robotics programs foster.
Robotics does not only benefit students intellectually, equally important are the relationships that form as a result of collaboration. My photograph of these two teammates highlights the human component of robotics—which is too often overlooked—and reminds us of the friendships that are forged through robotics.
“Exhausted!…Brain hurts…26-designs failed...came in last place in 4-tournaments…2-members just quit...and I want to quit!...However, I'm not defeated...I'm alone and engineering design taught me to never quit…design#27 will work! I didn’t sleep...worked all night to make it here…Tournament#5…design#27...let's go!"
Weeks before our second competition, Tuan, Brian, and I were assembling the claw for our robot. I choose this photo because it depicts us learning from one another. Everyday we learn something new, whether it’s from our instructors or peers. Three heads are better than one in completing an obstacle.
In Eagle Engineering, a community event is hosted every summer. There, the team uses VEX game objects to create a game for youth. We use this game to educate the kids about what STEM and VEX are about. In this picture, STEM’s influence is shown through these kids’ proud achievement.
There is a lot of attention on the more glamorous parts of robotics, the competition, the notebook, the design process, etc. However, often times we find ourselves just putting things together. In this image, EJ, our programer, is working on changing out our small Omni-wheels for large ones that just became available.