Robotics Competition Continues to Grow
The Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship returns next week. The event, designed to spark STEM interest among students, has grown from 36 teams to 180 over the last five years.
The teams will compete for scholarships to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and IUPUI, internships as well as advancement to the state finals and the competition’s top honor – the Ballard Excellence Award.
Since launching five years ago, the Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship has grown beyond just high school students. The city of Indianapolis’ Office of Education Innovation has partnered with the TechPoint Foundation for Youth to raise more than $675,000 for a statewide robotics initiative, which includes grants for robotics educational programming in nearly 350 elementary schools.
Organizers say the program helps bridge the gap between work force readiness and employer need to help build the region’s STEM pipeline. Mayor Joe Hogsett calls access to STEM education "vital to creating a future for Indianapolis that is full of innovation and opportunity."
The championship will take place January 7-8 at the University of Indianapolis.