The West Michigan VEX League kicks off the 2013 season tonight in Traverse City, with the first Northern District event at Traverse City West High School. The Southern District starts play on Thursday, at the Grandville High School Robotics & Engineering Center.
The West Michigan VEX League was formed last year as one of the first VEX Robotics leagues in the country. Twenty four teams from six schools participated last year. The year, the League has grown to more than 36 teams from twelve West Michigan schools. Teams play in Northern and Southern Districts, with eight tournament dates between now and December 7. Qualified teams will advance to play in the West Michigan League Championship, hosted by Grandville High School, on December 14. The top teams in League play and the winners of the League Championship will advance to the Michigan VEX Championship held at Michigan State University in February.
The Grandville High School RoboDawgs founded the West Michigan VEX League last year, and have helped to get VEX Robotics teams started at nearly a dozen schools in the United States and Canada. VEX Robotics is the largest High School and Middle School robotics program in the world, with more teams than FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, Best Robotics, and Botball combined. VEX continues to grow dramatically due to the tremendous learning opportunities presented by its wide range of hardware – and the fact that it still costs just $100 to register a team.