Academics + Robotics
Just two years after its founding, SHC’s Robotics team—VEX Team 8255 Fighting Irish—has grown to more than 40 participants spanning all grade levels. The program enables students to design their own solutions to unique problems through design, mechanical engineering, coding, debugging and collaborating with peers.
VEX teams competes in tournaments at the regional, state and national level. Each year, VEX teams from around the world are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each spring.
Team 8255 is currently preparing for the 2016-17 VEX Robotics Competition, Starstruck, a game that requires robots to launch objects over a dividing fence. Teams design and build their mechanical robots, and write the software that makes it run.
Team 8255 Fun Facts
- Five current team members attended the FIRST World Championships while competing in their respective grammar schools.
- SHC chose VEX for its curriculum integration opportunities and numerous annual competitions.
- VEX World Championships were broadcast live on ESPN2 in 2016.
- Team 8255 is comprised of smaller teams, including an all-girl team, and an all-freshman team.
- Adult moderators include two engineers who design and build spacecraft systems for NASA and one Software Engineering director from Cisco.
- Three current team members helped to teach robotics to middle school students this past summer at Saint Anthony Immaculate Conception and De Marillac Academy
Team 8255 participates in various service projects throughout the year, bringing robotics to young students.