CLEVELAND, Ohio – 32 area high school teams went head to head in a robotics competition Saturday morning.
The Vex Robotics Competition took place at Tri-C’s Advanced Technologies Center. Robots created by students competed against each other, in three minute matches, in various tasks. Teams earned points for each task their robot was able to do in different competition fields.
The event served as a qualifier for a state championship.
Organizers said the goal was to ignite the interest of high school students in STEM studies, which includes science, technology, engineering, and math. The competition also gave students college credit in technology courses.
Some students said the competition has worked to increase their interest in engineering, and paved a career path for them.
“It’s hands on, you sit there, and instead of looking in a textbook and reading what it’s about you’re actually doing it. You’re actually learning how each component works,” said student, Brittany Murphy.
The winner of Saturday’s competition goes on to compete in Marion, Ohio for the state title. The winner of that competition heads off to California for the world championship.