Remember, the point of VEX is not to win, but to learn. We should be judging based off of learning opportunities, and not competitiveness
That said, I would like to nominate 929 Hereford Zone Robotics, as they are a huge all grade level organization that teaches the students really great engineering concepts. I have seen many examples of elementary school students progressing in build quality year to year. Plus, if you’re still going to count competitiveness, 929U went to the round robin last year and was picked by first seed in research division this year.
As a runner-up, I’d say team 24. (Definitely no bias here.) Again, this is judging on more than just competitiveness. (Not that 24C wasn’t one of the best bots during Sack Attack, or that we haven’t sent at least one team to worlds every single year of vex.) But jokes aside, Super Sonic Sparks is a 4-H club that has more members every year, and students of all ages and grade levels. Our leader/mentor is not only an amazing teacher, but a great role model too. One time, he had my team over to his house to work literally all night in his basement on order to finish the bot for next year’s competition.
I’m surprised nobody has mentioned 2 yet. I think they are past their prime, but historically they have been very strong. (2 of their teams got into the worlds finals of gateway with completely different bots)
I agree, 929 teams or Hereford Zone Robotics have been pretty dominant in Maryland, and are pretty competitive at worlds. 929U made it to rr last year, and also was picked by 1st seed this year. 929X was also in eliminations for worlds this year and last year. From Maryland, I believe Hereford took 5 or 6 spots for worlds, so I would nominate them for best organization. On top of that, their iq program is really good, also sending about 4 of them to worlds this year.
In terms of an organization i think 169 has constantly had incredible results. For the past couple of years they have had at least 1 team that makes RR (I know they made it in ITZ and TP and i’d assume other years prior.) This year for example we even almost had 2 169 teams make RR. Eli also seems like a cool mentor and must be doing something right for this much consistency in quality.
The best organizations outlast a single kid/group of kids. Great mentors lead to great programs and if you’ve talked to @meng for more than 5 seconds you would understand how great 8059 really is. Sad to see those guys go.
On that note, Eli and the boys over at 169 are definitely at the top of that conversation too.
The 5225A team performed much better in RR than the 6627 team. And, if we are talking about good organizations, 6627A had a hole-count of the skyline robots. That is not really a good look for “best organization”