This past Saturday, January 27th, 38 teams traveled to Switzerland County Elementary School to compete in the Ringmaster Challenge Robotics Competition – including teams from Switzerland County Elementary School and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School.
Teams came from as far away as Kokomo (three hours) to compete with their student-built robots. The challenge required robots to move colored rings from one place to another and received points for each ring moved into a specific area.
It was standing room only at Switzerland County Elementary School, as spectators watched the teams pair up and compete with the driver-controlled robots in the one-minute match times. The challenge required the two teams to work together to get as many points as possible during the match.
Each team competed eight different times to try to achieve the highest point total overall from all of those matches. There were a total of 152 matches and six final matches played throughout the day.
This is Switzerland County Elementary School’s first year with a robotics team; and Jefferson-Craig Elementary School is in it’s second year with the competition – and has performed well both years.
After the full day of competition, Riverbotics managed to walk away with two awards, the Excellence Award – which is the highest award given at the event and rewards excellence in the robotics program overall – and the Robot Skills Award.
In the Team Challenge, Riverbotics achieved third place in the final round after placing first in the qualifying rounds.
The Excellence Award qualifies the Riverbotics team to attend the state competition.
The Switzerland County Elementary School RoboPacers Robotics team would not have been possible without the assistance from many VEX IQ sponsors. The Switzerland County Community Foundation also helped make the event possible by awarding the RoboPacers a grant that allowed them to purchase needed equipment to host the competition. Many people and organizations helped to make this event possible.
Switzerland County Elementary School plans to host the event again next year.
(Videos of the event can be seen at Switzerland County Elementary School’s Facebook page.)