Evergreen Middle School runs a Robotics Club for all students grade 6-8. This is a competitive club that learns about robotics concepts and builds a robot to compete in the VEX IQ Global Challenge. Teams are composed of 3-5 students and at least one parent coach. We meet once a week for one hour and many students take their robotics kits home on the weekends to work on their robots. All robotics kits and parts are supplied by EMS.

2017-2018 VEX IQ Challenge

Rubrics and Tournament Information


  • 1 monthly meeting during homeroom
  • Optional weekly meetings at school on Tuesdays 2:05-3:30 to work on team robots
  • 1-2 hours of work outside of school per week
  • 1 parent coach to manage the team
    • Coach coordinates parents, students and communicates with club advisor
    • Coach registers team online and manages tournament fees and travel
    • Coach organizes and supervises outside of school meetings
  • 2 mandatory tournaments at EMS (other tournaments are available but optional)
  • Potential travel to state competition or even world competition


  • $25 ASB Fee (One time per year school wide fee for any student joining any school clubs or activities)
  • $25 Robotics club fee (covers parts and expenses)
  • $100 per team one time registration fee to enter the VEX IQ Competition
  • $35 per team per tournament registration fee (to be paid when registering team online for the tournaments later in the year)
  • There may be more expenses for state and world competitions if teams qualify!

Topics Covered in Monthly Lessons

  • Structural design
  • Scientific design notebook
  • Gearing: ratios/logistics/strategies
  • Programming (Blockly, Python, RobotC)
  • Tournament strategy and problem solving

If you would like to join Robotics Club you must follow this process:

  1. Form a team of 3-5 students (Club advisors do not form teams and they do not force students on to other teams)
  2. Find a parent/guardian willing to be your coach
  3. Come up with a team name
  4. Have your coach email jsteele@lwsd.org with the following:
    • Team Name
    • Coach Name
    • Student Names
    • Student LWSD email addresses
  5. Complete permission slip (file here)
  6. Bring permission slip to Mr. Steele along with receipt of completed payment(s)
  7. You will then be given a date and time to pick up your robotics kit!

All steps must be complete before our first meeting in September. Because of the volume of students this will be a hard date, submissions after this date will not be accepted!

For more information and to be added to our distribution list please email Club Advisor Mr. Steele at jsteele@lwsd.org


Club Event Dates

  • Interest/Info Meeting - 09/08
  • Registration due date - 09/25
  • First Meeting - 09/28
  • Regular meetings - Third Tuesday Every Month (Oct-May) 2:05-3:00
  • Optional build meetings - Every other Tuesday (Starting October) 2:05-3:00
  • First EMS Tournament - 01/21
  • Second EMS Tournament - 02/04
  • State VEX IQ Tournament - 02/24 (Must Qualify to Attend)
  • VEX Worlds - TBD (Must Qualify to Attend)