Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
    Robotics Competition Inspires Creativity and Collaboration Among Elementary and Middle School Students

    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — This past weekend, Wallace State Community College played host to an exciting VEX IQ robotics competition, bringing together 46 teams of elementary and middle school students from across the region. The competition, held on January 13th, took place in the Wellness Center practice gym, attracting a large crowd of participants and spectators.

    The event, sponsored by the WSCC STEM Club and led by Terry Ayers, Chair of the Wallace State Computer Science program, has been an annual tradition since 2019. Ayers emphasized the significance of the competition in fostering creativity and ingenuity among participating schools. He noted that the excitement of the competition extends far beyond the robots themselves, as students are given the opportunity to develop essential skills in teamwork and communication.

    VEX IQ, a snap-together robotics system, serves as a platform for young learners to explore the world of robotics, allowing them to build and program their own robots. The competitions not only focus on robot assembly but also encourage students to develop problem-solving and leadership abilities through collaboration with their peers. Teams are evaluated on various criteria, including team interviews, programming, robot design, and engineering notebooks.

    The winners of the competition will advance to the state competitions taking place on February 16th and 17th at Auburn University. Among the award recipients were Robert F. Bumpus Middle School, which received the Excellence Award, and Barkley Bridge Elementary School, which received both the Excellence Award and the Teamwork Champion Award. Other notable winners included F. E. Burleson Elementary School, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, and Barkley Bridge Elementary School once again.

    Looking ahead, Wallace State will continue its support for robotics education by hosting another VEX VRC competition on February 3rd, catering to late middle school and high school teams. With 41 teams already registered, the event promises to provide a platform for students to further showcase their talents and advance to the state competitions.

    For those seeking more information about Wallace State, visit their official website at www.wallacestate.edu or contact them directly at 256-352-8000.

    Robotics Competition at Wallace State Community College

    This past weekend, Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama, hosted a VEX IQ robotics competition. The competition brought together 46 teams of elementary and middle school students from the region and was held on January 13th in the Wellness Center practice gym. It attracted a large crowd of participants and spectators.

    The event was sponsored by the WSCC STEM Club and led by Terry Ayers, Chair of the Wallace State Computer Science program. It has been an annual tradition since 2019. Ayers highlighted the importance of the competition in fostering creativity and innovation among the participating schools. He emphasized that the excitement of the competition goes beyond the robots themselves; it provides students with valuable opportunities to develop teamwork and communication skills.

    VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system that serves as a platform for young learners to explore the world of robotics. It allows students to build and program their own robots. The competitions not only focus on robot assembly but also encourage students to develop problem-solving and leadership abilities through collaboration with their peers. Teams are evaluated based on team interviews, programming, robot design, and engineering notebooks.

    The winners of this competition will advance to the state competitions, which will take place on February 16th and 17th at Auburn University. Among the award recipients were Robert F. Bumpus Middle School, which received the Excellence Award, and Barkley Bridge Elementary School, which received both the Excellence Award and the Teamwork Champion Award. Other notable winners included F.E. Burleson Elementary School, Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, and Barkley Bridge Elementary School once again.

    Wallace State Community College will continue to support robotics education by hosting another VEX VRC competition on February 3rd. This competition will cater to late middle school and high school teams. With 41 teams already registered, the event promises to provide a platform for students to showcase their talents and advance to the state competitions.

    For more information about Wallace State, visit their official website at www.wallacestate.edu or contact them directly at 256-352-8000.