Students Compete in Robotics State Qualifying Competition

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Displayed from: Feb 02, 2023 , until: Apr 02, 2023

Elementary students at Fort Wayne Community Schools are competing for a chance to show off their robotic skills at the VEX IQ State Championship Robotics competition. Students from 30 regional robotics teams will compete at the qualifying event at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Miami Middle School, 8100 Amherst Drive.  

This year’s challenge is called “Slapshot” and requires teams of two to work together to score the most points.  Both team drivers will have thirty seconds to get the robot to release different mechanisms that will drop disks onto the playing field and move the disks into scoring zones where they will accumulate points. The top two winners go on to the State Championship March 25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Each school obtained the robots through a variety of grants made possible by Techpoint Foundation for Youth and the Robotics Education Competition Foundation.  The also receive support from the PTA’s and local business partners.  

Fort Wayne Community Schools has VEX IQ teams at 20 elementary schools and four middle schools. 

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.