Vermillion Area Robotics Club

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VEX IQ Teams win at the SD State VEX IQ Championship earning them seats to represent SD at VEX Worlds in both the elementary and middle school divisions.  VEX Worlds 2017 will take place in Louisville, KY, April 23rd-25th. We are combining teams so youth can collaborate together and experience VEX Worlds first-hand.
The non-competitive robotics classes at the Vermillion Public Library resumed January 10th.  Come join us!  Click here for details

VARC attended the Raven Engineering Career Day January 26th.  It was really neat learning about the products they manufacture and talking with engineers about the work they do. Did you know they manufacture many of Macy's parade balloons?

VARC wins tournament championship in alliance with Stevens HS at the SD State VEX VRC Competition earning them a seat  to represent SD at VEX Worlds in the high school division.

NEW: Currently planning an August 2017 2-day camp at USD for SD youth ages 8-14!!  The first day the campers will  learn about robotics design and the second day  youth will learn to program their robots.

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In July, we visited the Plucker Dairy Farm.  They run their entire dairy milking operation using robotics. It was neat to see how robotics technology is revolutionizing our SD farms. The youth also visited their local 4-H office and learned about the chemistry behind cheese-making by making cheese.
Check out our EDR Teams as they competed at 2016 VEX Worlds and the U.S. Open!  It was an amazing experience competing with over 30 other countries! One of our teams brought home the Create Award from VEX Worlds!


Our lives revolve around technology and our mission is to inspire youth in SE SD to be tomorrow's leaders in computer programming, robotics, analytical problem-solving, and engineering. We will work to form computer programming, engineering, robotics,  and STEM programs in our schools and community. 

We encourage our robotics youth to....

...gain experience in computer programming, analytical thinking, designing/building, setting long-range timelines, team and personal goals, and utilizing teamwork while building the world's most amazing robots!

...have teams that consistently incorporate new technology, ideas, science and math, and the engineering design process into the design of their robot every year.

...grow as team members by learning something  new (CAD, programming, design) every year to  enhance your team's experience and your personal growth.

...visit industry that utilizes robotics and other advanced technology, and/or employs engineers.

...inspire other youth to pursue robotics through presentations, open houses, camps, mentoring of younger youth, non-competitive robotics exploration, and volunteering at robotics events. and fundraise for their robotics hardware and team event fees.