St. Mary Catholic High School (SMCHS) will host the SMCHS VEX Robotics Tournament on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Hosted at SMCHS, 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah, the tournament will feature more than 30 teams from around the region to compete to win tournament awards and earn spots in the state robotics competition. Six teams from St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) will also compete.

The public is invited to attend, and admission to the tournament is free. Masks will be required during the tournament. Concessions, including hot food and beverages, will be available throughout the day. The tournament will also be livestreamed here.

The schedule for the tournament is as follows:

Saturday, January 8, 2022

  • 7:00 a.m.                     Doors Open, Pit Area Open
  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration and Inspection
  • 7:30 a.m. – Noon        Interviews with Judges in Pit Area
  • 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.          Coaches/Drivers Meeting
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Skills Competitions
  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.        Qualifying Matches
  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon      Lunch Break
  • Noon – 2:30 p.m.        Qualifying Matches Continue
  • 2:30 – 2:45 p.m.          Break – Alliance Select Prep
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m.          Alliance Selection Process
  • 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.          Alliance Strategy Discussion
  • 3:15 – 5:00 p.m.          Elimination Matches
  • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.          Awards and Close

“We enjoy hosting this annual robotics tournament. It provides our SMCS teams the opportunity to compete on our home turf, as well as allows us to provide hospitality and serve other teams through the team service center,” SMCHS VEX Robotics Advisor Phil Kerwin said. “We enjoy showcasing the exciting opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education here at SMCS and beyond.”

In addition to VEX Robotics, SMCS provides a rigorous STEM curriculum including Advanced Placement (AP,) Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) courses and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) modules from preschool – grade 12. SMCS also offers STEM co-curricular programming, including aeronautics and rocketry, clean energy and solar exploration, video production, e-sports and electronics.

For more information about the tournament, contact Phil Kerwin at [email protected]. For more information about the VEX Robotics program, visit