Students Compete in World Robotics Competition

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Three Elwood Middle School students recently competed in the 2017 VEX IQ Challenge World Championship in Louisville, KY, under the direction of their advisor Matthew McGuire. The team was one of 308 middle school IQ teams from around the world that made it to the world finals. Less than 10 percent of VEX IQ teams from around the world qualified to attend the competition.

This was the first time that Elwood made it to the World Championship. Consisting of sixth-graders Garrett Warren and Kyle O’Conner and seventh-grader Patrick Siegler, the team had been working on their robot all year and competed in local competitions, which qualified them to compete at the World Championship.

During competition, the students participated in a teamwork challenge where they worked together with teams from around the world to move hexballs into different goals. The objective was to gain the highest score possible.

In addition, the team competed in skills matches where they took part in rounds which required them to drive their robot alone and where the robot had to be completely controlled by programs that the students coded for them.

“The competition gave the students the opportunity to work, network, learn and share ideas with other students from around the world,” said Mr. McGuire.

At the end of this year’s competition, next year’s challenge was released. The students are currently planning their designs with the new skills and ideas they learned from other teams. Their goal is to try to do well enough to make it back to the World Championship next year.