The Geist Montessori Academy’s robotics will compete in the 2020 Indiana VEX Robotics State Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium March 7. The team qualified at Franklin Township Middle School last month.
The Indiana VEX Robotics State Championship is the largest state robotics competition in the nation, and 385 teams will compete from Indiana. Teams are eligible to compete by winning a state-qualifying award at a local competition. The Geist Montessori Academy received a trophy for Skills Driving and scored 121 points, edging out Franklin Township by one point.
Geist Montessori Academy’s team also earned the Excellence Award, which is the highest award offered to robotics teams. It is given to a team who was close to winning in several categories and demonstrated overall teamwork, cooperation with other teams, and a quality design notebook. Receiving the Excellence Award qualified them for the state championships.
After the state championships, teams that advance can compete at the VEX Worlds Championship in April.
“Indiana has the most VEX IQ Elementary and Middle School Robotics teams in the United States, so advancing to the state championship is a commendable achievement,” stated George Giltner, VP of STEM Education for TechPoint Foundation for Youth. “The best of the state’s robotics competitors will be on display, and we look forward to seeing the teams showcase their talents at the event on the largest stage Indiana has to offer.”
The Indiana VEX Robotics State Championships is free and open to the public. For more, visit techpointyouth.org/statechamp.