Hi since last year there is a change in the way you can participate in ES or MS. First of all there is a lot of country in the world who don’t apply the American (or french) 5-4-3 but 4-4-4 this mean in this country based on age student in MS should compete in ES challenge. I think as many people say before that it’s time for VEX to change the level name. No more ES or MS but U12 and U15 should be more inclusive. Perhaps like for FLL it may be VEX IQ Challenge and VEX IQ Challenge Junior.
As my teams participate at a lot of blended turnament this year. I really prefer them to be separated. Student in 3rd grade competing with 8th grade is really not a good way to create passion. In the same time 8th grade student really don’t like to have a 3rd grade team for teamwork. And some times it may create non pleasant situation.