Omaha Benson VEX Robotics Team Goes on to Compete Internationally

Omaha Benson Vex Robotics

As we strive to support technology innovation within the Omaha community, QAT Global sponsored Omaha Benson VEX Robotics Team; who experienced major success this last year. Among those successes was an invitation to the international VEX robotics tournament in China over the summer. Omaha Benson’s team was made up of senior and team programmer, scouter, and logger, Eric Parsons, son of QAT Global employees Randy and Julie Parsons, and the team builder and driver, sophomore Isaac Beacom.

Parsons and Beacom designed, engineered, and programmed their robot to win many tournaments and other various awards. Among these accomplishments include five tournament championships, three tournament finalists awards, four tournament Excellence Awards, one tournament Innovative Award, and one tournament Judges Award. Championships and tournament titles are great, but the Excellence award is the highest award given at robotics tournaments. Judges determine the winners of this award based on robotic design, team interviews, engineering notebooks, robot programming and tournament performance.

International Competition

After winning the Nebraska State Tournament Championship and Excellence award, Parsons and Beacom were invited to compete at the VEX World Robotics Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. They did not make the trip to Louisville alone but were accompanied by a familiar foe, the other Omaha Benson team competing and winning the Nebraska State Tournament runner-up. Parsons and Beacom made Omaha Benson proud, battling their way into the playoff rounds, competing against 540 high schools from 40 countries around the world. Unfortunately, their schoolmates did not make it to the playoff rounds. However, they did not leave the Worlds tournament empty-handed, duo Parsons and Beacom brought home the Energy Award for their excellent competitive drive and display of team spirit during the tournament.

As a result of their sustained excellence in robotic tournament play, Parsons and Beacon were invited to compete in China. In preparation for the international VEX robotics tournament in China, Parsons and Beacom designed, built, and programmed a new robot for competition. As always, this new robot proudly displayed the QAT Global logo as it battled in international competition.

Our sponsored competitors enjoyed the experience of a lifetime and competed with pride as they represented their school, their country, and QAT Global.

View Eric and Isaac’s robotic matches on their website