December 07, 2011
TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— More than 60 middle school and high school robotics teams from across three states are set to converge Saturday on "The Place Where They Play".
Sixty-two teams from Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri will compete in a series of challenges using robots designed and built by the students. The host school, Sequoyah, has 10 teams registered in Saturday’s contest.
“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s students with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Daniel Faddis, an education outreach specialist with Cherokee Nation, one of the event’s sponsors. “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology – instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers.”
The top-finishing middle school and high school teams will qualify for the 2012 World Championships, scheduled for April 19-21, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif., as well as the US Championship in Omaha, Neb., in March. The runners-up in each division will also qualify for the national championship.
Open to the public, matches start at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and will run all day at Sequoyah School’s The Place Where They Play activity center at 17091 S. Muskogee Ave.
The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally with more than 3,500 teams from 20 countries playing in more than 250 tournaments worldwide.
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