Twenty-eight robotics groups from throughout Madison County Colleges converged on Madison Crossing Elementary final week for the district’s annual VEX IQ Robotics Invitational Occasion. 

Jennifer Richardson, Madison County Colleges Robotics Coordinator, stated the VEX IQ Robotics Match has been an annual occasion since 2014, and solely began with three groups. 

“As soon as people saw the robotics program and how engaged the students were, the need to expand became very evident,” Richardson stated. “Over the next two years, we jumped up to 65 elementary teams and hosted our first Madison County Schools Invitational event. We have continued offering these opportunities to students from elementary through middle and high school because the hands-on experience has provided students with real-world problem-solving and communication skills that will carry them far beyond the classroom.” 

Richardson stated this match showcased each elementary and center college students from throughout the district in an academic aggressive robotics program. 

The rivals got a problem at the starting of the yr the place that they had to design, construct, and program a robotic that would full particular duties. 

At the competitors, students participated in the driving and programming skills competitors in addition to the teamwork competitors the place they had been paired with one other crew to work collectively to full the duties. 

“The competition focuses on teamwork, communication, and keeping students engaged in hands-on technology challenges that build their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” Richardson stated. 

The 28 groups this yr consisted of students from second by way of eighth grade from Luther Branson College, East Flora Elementary, Camden Elementary, Previous City Center College, Madison Crossing Elementary, and Highland Elementary. A number of groups took dwelling a couple of award. The awards had been: 

• Excellence Award: Previous City Center College 

• Teamwork Champions: Previous City Center College and East Flora Elementary 

• Teamwork Finalists: Luther Branson Elementary 

• Design Award: Highland Elementary 

• Robotic Skills Champion: Previous City Center College 

• Judges Award: Luther Branson Elementary 

• College Spirit Awards: Luther Branson Elementary and Highland Elementary

Richardson stated the profitable groups obtained trophies that they had been ready to take again to their colleges to put on show, and the Excellence and Teamwork Champion winners earned an invite to the 2023 Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship. 

“The other teams will continue working and preparing for their next competitions and hopefully earn an invitation to compete at State as well,” Richardson stated. “The state championship will be held at Mississippi College on March 9, 2023, where winners will receive a spot to the VEX World Championship in Dallas, TX on Apr. 30 – May 4, 2023.” 

For extra details about the VEX IQ Robotics Invitational Occasion or to volunteer to assist with future competitions, contact Richardson at 

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