What: Annual VEX Robotics Competition
When: November 4, 9 a.m.-Noon
Awards Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Room 147, Vectren Auditorium
Ivy Tech Community College, 3501 N. First Avenue
Enter through Entrance C, off Colonial Drive. (north side of building)
Background: Students in grades 4-12 interested in robotics are participating in the annual VEX Robotics competition at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville. The VEX Robotics Challenge begins at 9 a.m., and will last until the awards ceremony around 11:30 a.m. This year’s competition is titled “Math Whiz,” and is sponsored by Ivy Tech’s School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Technology.
The focus of the contest is for the team members to be able to think on their feet. The teams will be supplied ahead of time with angles and elevations of turns. In a series of challenges, competitors will have to calculate times and distances to see how well they know their robot’s capabilities. Distances will not be disclosed until the race starts. The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX Robotics Technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups.