Local schools to compete in robotics competition

EVANSVILLE – Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest will host its fifth annual VEX Robotics Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Ivy Tech’s Evansville campus, located at 3501 N. First Ave. There is no cost to attend the event, and the public is encouraged to come by and cheer on their favorite team. Local high school and middle school teams will compete in this year’s competition, The Amazing Conundrum. John Barrett, President of the local LOCO Model Railway Club, will be showing computer-controlled Legos and an LED binary counter.


Saturday, Feb. 27
Round 1 @ 9:30 a.m.
Round 2 @ 1:30 p.m.
Award Ceremony @ 2:20 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College – Southwest
3501 N. First Ave.
Evansville, Ind.

The remote controlled robots will be maneuvered through a series of obstacles and attempt to accomplish various challenges.  The operator will never have the ability to directly observe the robot at any time. The robot will have a wireless camera attached and the remote control operator will only be able to view the obstacle course through the eye of the camera on a monitor behind a screen. The team with the most points will win, and in case of a tie the team with the fastest time will win.

Teams can still register for the competition, and Ivy Tech has a number of VEX Robotics kits available (to be loaned out to school teams). For more information, or to sign up a team, individuals should contact (812) 429-1479. For more information about VEX Robotics, please visit www.vexrobotics.com.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.  It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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