December 16, 2014
Elizabethtown, KY – Robotics success is becoming common-place for students in the Hardin County Schools.
The Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center hosted its first VEX Robotics competition over the weekend. Two Central Hardin High School teams formed an alliance with another Kentucky school to win the event.
The latest VEX Robotics international rankings have been published by RobotEvents.com. Central Hardin High School’s 6135X team is currently second in the world in the Programming Skills category and 15th in the world in Robot Skills. CHHS team 6135Z is 8th in the world in Programming Skills and 23rd in Robot Skills. CHHS team 6135C is 38th internationally in Programming Skills.
Members of CHHS 6135X include sophomore Samuel Newton and junior Ben West. Central Hardin sophomore Dillon Brock is CHHS Team 6135Z. CHHS 6135C is composed of senior Liam Dawson, junior Ethan Swink and freshman Alexa Johnson.
North Middle School has also recently received a grant to start VEX Robotics. The grant came from NASA and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. The grant provides an opportunity for North Middle School students to acquire a competition kit and participate in the VEX IQ Challenge Highrise and Skyrise games during the 2014-2015 season. The REC Foundation manages the VEX IQ Challenge for elementary and middle school students and the VEX Robotics Competition for middle school and high school students, which now include more than 10,000 teams in 32 countries. The season culminates in the World Championships that will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries to Louisville on April 15-18, 2015.
Ten teams from Hardin County School traveled to Glasgow, Kentucky for the First Lego League® (FLL) Lego Robotics Regional Competition this past weekend. Teams from Bluegrass Middle School, East Hardin Middle School, JT Alton Middle School, New Highland Elementary School, North Middle School and West Hardin Middle School participated. One of the teams from Bluegrass Middle School and one from East Middle School received top honors and will be going to the state competition early next year.
“The students in this district are blessed to have such wonderful opportunities,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “Our students are embracing them and are succeeding on local, state, national and international stages. I just can’t thank the faculty, staff and parents enough that dedicate countless hours to student success. A lot of late evenings, weekends and sleepless nights are invested in these championships Hardin County Schools students are bringing home.”
Johnston added: “Local employers are taking notice and seeing the success of our students. They are confident these students will come to them in a few years with the ability and knowledge to move their companies forward. With the addition of our Work Ethic Certification program, students will also have the soft skills to do premium work while making a fair wage.”