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Robotics for 2021-2022

Greetings! Thank you for your interest in the Forest Park Robotics Team. We are planning on a full season of competitive robotics for the 2021-2022 school year.


Congratulations to those selected for the 2021-2022 Forest Park Robotics Team!

View the complete roster for this year’s team


Practices begin Tuesday September 28th
Will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in Room 1157
Roboitcs runs for most teams September through March. Teams advancing to the World Championships, will continue until May 2022.


What is Robotics?

In the VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to compete against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas in May!

Important Things to Know About the Program
The Forest Park Robotics team is a competition based extracurricular activity. Students will work in small teams to design, build and program a robot using the VEX Robotics platform to compete in tournaments against other high school teams. Robotics is a sport for the mind; it blends applied physics, mathematics, programming, prototyping and design, integrated problem solving, teamwork and leadership. Students who are successful in robotics must work well under pressure and work well with others.

Students may apply to the Robotics Team only at the beginning of the school year. As with any team, space and resources are extremely limited and the selection process is highly competitive due to the sheer numbers of students who wish to participate. It is our deep regret that we cannot accommodate all the students who wish to participate in Robotics.

The application is the first step in the process of becoming a member of the team. Online Applications are due by midnight on September 13th. Tryouts will be held on September 14th from 2pm-4pm in Room 1157 to determine final selection. We do not require any prior robotics knowledge but a willingness to learn. We invite all our prospective Robotics students and their parents to review the information below before they decide to apply for Robotics.

The Forest Park Robotics Team requires a serious committment from its members. Our season runs from September through March. Students are expected to attend the majority of practices held two times per week on Tuesday and Thursdays, if you have a conflict with another activity, please speak with Mrs. Cinnamon. We have a large number of students who participate in sports and robotics, so it is possible to do both.
Teams advancing to the State Championship will continue meeting through March or advancing to the World Championships will have their season extended through May.

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15pm-4:30pm. Additional practices will be scheduled as needed.
Competitions: Saturdays from 7:30am-5pm. The competition schedule will be released in the fall.
Team members are required to be in attendance at the competitions, students/families are responsible for travel to and from all events and all food expenses. Bus transportation may be available to some of our competitions, depending on the location. Not every team will attend every competition; this determination will be made by the coaches based on the team’s progress and readiness.

Students should familiarize themselves with VEX Robotics and this year’s challenge,
Tipping Point: https://www.vexrobotics.com/v5/competition/vrc-current-game

Required Materials

Activity Fee: $100 to help cover a portion of the materials used for building the robots and competition fees.
Spirit Wear: All team members are required to purchase a robotics team t-shirt to be worn at all events. Additional spirit wear will be available for purchase (hoodies, etc)
Safety glasses: Students must have their own pair and are required for all competitions.


Get Ready for VEX Robotics Tipping Point! 2021-2022 Season

Competition Resources – Game manual, One page game description, Skills manual
All students should read the game manual and have a thorough understanding of the game.


What is Robotics?
A highlight video from the 2019 Virginia State Championships.

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