December 16, 2014
Elizabethtown, KY – Robots and their creators will make Hardin County home this weekend. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers will shop in local stores, eat in local restaurants and sleep in local hotels.
The remote-controlled devices and their drivers from across Kentucky will be at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3) this weekend for the EC3 State-Qualifying VEX Robotics Competition.
Sixty teams arrive at EC3 Friday (inspection and skill runs) and Saturday (competition) set to compete against each other with robots created using the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in the game Skyrise, developed by VEX Robotics, Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. REC is a leader in the field of educational and competitive robotics.
The EC3 VEX Robotics State qualifying VEX Robotics Competition will welcome teams this weekend from:
· Central Hardin High School
· John Hardin High School
· North Hardin High School
· East Hardin Middle School
· West Hardin Middle School
· James T. Alton Middle School
· North Middle School
· Elizabethtown High School
· Elkhorn Crossing School
· Iroquois High School
· Madisonville North Hopkins High School
· Owen County High School
· Jeffersontown High School
· Campbell County High School
· Georgetown Middle School
· Apollo High School (Owensboro)
· Meade County High School
· Boyle County High School
· Kenton County Academy
· Scott County Middle School
This event is one in a series of tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional and local sponsors. The competition season will culminate this spring at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The top performing teams from local and state VEX Robotics events will compete against each other at the VEX Robotics World Championships there.
Teams from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States will compete in the World Championships.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their talents,” EC3 Engineering and Robotics teacher Jason Neagle said. “Since our top-notch performance at the World Championships last spring, our work has caught the eye of a lot more people. We can’t wait for our peers from across the state to see our wonderful facility and, more importantly, the hard work our students have put into their skills and their robots.”
A team from Central Hardin finished third in the World Championships overall rankings and earned a world championship in the science division last spring in Anaheim, California. Another CHHS team finished as a runner-up in the world in the engineering division. They were one match from the final five that went to the finals in the VexDome. Central Hardin teams have won multiple overall State Championships and division titles.
“This is truly a testament to how hard our students work on a daily basis,” EC3 Principal Dan Robbins said. “We are so glad that students from our middle schools are now participating in VEX Robotics and are enjoying success. Mr. Neagle and his students have done a wonderful job of sowing seeds across our district and it looks like the VEX Robotics programs will continue to have success for a long time to come.”
Inspection and skills runs only will take place for teams at EC3 from 5-8 pm on Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 8:30 Saturday morning (Dec. 13). Qualifying rounds start at 9:15 am. The finals begin at 2 pm. EC3 is located at 200 University Drive, Elizabethtown, KY.