Lawrence elementary schools to compete in VEX Robotics World Championship


Indian Creek Elementary is one of three Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township elementary schools traveling to Dallas May 10 for the VEX Robotics World Championship. All three elementary schools qualified at the state championship in March, with Indian Creek ranking the highest of the three at No. 6. The other two elementaries are Oaklandon Elementary School and Amy Beverland Elementary School.

Fall Creek Valley Middle School also qualified and will compete in the middle school championship May 8-10.

Students will compete in the same challenge as they did at the state competition. The goal is to build a robot that can pick up bean bags and shoot them into a basket. Students have been modifying their robot since the state competition to address any weaknesses. Five-hundred teams worldwide will compete.

Indian Creek Elementary teacher Bruce Nelson said students are learning how to use Google Translate to communicate with other teams.

“All three schools are working their tails off and doing a fantastic job to produce the best robot they can,” Nelson said. “We’ve got some really smart kids.”