IQ Heights Reached in Colbert

Mars Hill students compete here in the NW Alabama SCORE VEX IQ Challenge at NW-SCC recently. (NW-SCC photo)

MUSCLE SHOALS - Winfield Middle School and Colbert Heights Elementary School led the group of winners at the 2019 Northwest Alabama SCORE VEX IQ Challenge Saturday, November 16 in the Patriot Center gym on the Northwest-Shoals Community College Shoals Campus.

Winfield Middle School, team Bad Memory, and Colbert Heights Elementary, team Bionic Blue, won the competition Excellence Awards. Winfield Middle School, team The Flying Dutchmen, and Phillips Elementary School, team RoboBears2, won the competition Teamwork Champion Awards.

The winning teams collaborated with 31 elementary and middle school teams from Central, Cherokee, Creekside Academy, Lauderdale County, Legacy Christian Academy, Mars Hill, Mountain Brook, New Bethel, Riverhill, Sand Rock, Weeden, and Winston County 4-H/Free State Homeschool.

Excellence Award and Teamwork Champion Award winners advance to compete for the state/regional championship at Auburn University on February 28-29. Winners of the state/regional championship qualify to showcase their skills at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

The VEX IQ Challenge allows students build a robot using snap-together VEX IQ parts to solve an engineering challenge that is presented each year. Teams work together to score points in teamwork matches and show their skills individually in driver-controlled and programming Robot Skills Challenges.

“This event would not have been possible without our sponsors, partners, and volunteers,” said Kim Sheppard, NW-SCC Math Instructor and Co-Hub Director of Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics.

Sponsors include Auburn’s SCORE, REC Foundation, TN Valley Robotics Foundation, TVA, BVI, Toyota Alabama, Flexco, Walmart-Florence, ATN, Tuscumbia Civitans, Tri-Cities Manufacturing, the Missile Defense Agency, and Southwire.

The VEX IQ Challenge is made possible through a partnership of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, NW-SCC, and Auburn University’s Southeastern Center of Robotics Education. More information about the VEX Robotics Competition is available at,, and