Twenty teams made up of all-female students and mentors will take part this weekend in the IndyRAGE robotics competition. Teams from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky will take part in the event aimed at sparking interest among women in STEM fields.
The competition involves a game called STEAMWORKS, which features robots shooting five-inch whiffle balls into a 21-inch diameter goal. Teams can also score points by having robots place a gear-shaped game piece onto a flexible peg, then moving them onto another assembly. A final challenge involves robots climbing a rope.
The IndyRAGE competition will also feature discussion panels on diversity, inclusion and breaking down barriers. RAGE stands for Raising Awareness for Girls in Engineering.
IndyRAGE runs all day Saturday at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.
The teams involved include:
Perry Meridian High School
Carmel High School
Pike High School
McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology
Huntington County 4-H Robotics
Southport High School
Jefferson High School
Center Grove High School
Brownsburg High School
Bloomington High School South
Lynn Camp High School
Northwestern Sr High School
The Last Crusaders
Knightstown High School
From 9 different high schools in Champaign, Urbana and the surrounding area.
Avon High School
Columbus North and East High Schools
Hawks on the Horizon
Concept Schools and Horizon Science Academy
Charles A Tindley Accelerated School
Sham ROCK Robotics
Westfield High School