VEX Robotics competition attracts 30+ teams

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Times Herald Staff

Middle and high school students from across Wisconsin will descend upon Oconto Falls High School on Jan. 13 for the fifth annual Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge.

More than 30 teams will come together for a non-stop, action-packed day of competition where they will compete against each other with robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in this season’s game, “In the Zone,” developed by VEX Robotics Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, which are considered leaders in educational and competitive robotics.

Qualifying matches are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by alliance selection and finals from 2:30-5 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow.

The competition is being hosted by Team Green 4-H Robotics Club from Oconto County. Admission is free and the event is at the high school, 210 N. Farm Road, Oconto Falls.

Team Green will have two teams in the competition. This is the ninth season for the Team Green Robotics Project, which creates hands-on opportunities for students in Oconto County to learn about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principles involved in robotics, while also encouraging teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.

The Northeast Wisconsin VEX Robotics Challenge is one in a series of tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional and local sponsors. Local sponsors include Oconto Electric Cooperative and Oconto County 4-H.

The competition season culminates in April, with the top performing teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions competing against each other at the VEX Robotics National and World Championships.