Elwood Middle School Hosts VEX Robotics Competition

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Elwood Middle School hosted its fourth consecutive, and largest, VEX IQ Robotics Competition on Jan. 27. This competition, which is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, welcomed 40 participating teams from 14 different schools and organizations from all across the island.

In this competition, teams of students use robots that they’ve designed and built to compete with other teams in an engineering challenge. Tournaments are held throughout the year at regional, state, and national levels—and ultimately culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship.

Each year, the VEX IQ challenge changes. This year’s challenge required students to design robots that are able to pick up, move, sort and stack rings on poles of different heights. Students were required to put the STEM concepts they’ve learned to the test as they sharpened their skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more.

“The competition encompasses many twenty-first century skills that our students will need in the future,” said Director of Math, Science and Technology Eileen Kelly-Gorman.

In addition, students participated in teamwork activities that selected tasks at random, competed in individual skills challenges, and more. Teams also were judged based on their designs, STEM research projects presented in front of judges, and overall excellence. Teams that win at one of the qualifying competitions qualify for the state finals in Rockville Centre. The winners of this competition will qualify for VEX Worlds in Kentucky.