Franklin Township’s Middle School East has 5 Vex Robitics Teams. Three of the five teams, as well as the team from Thompson Crossing Elementary (4th and 5th grade high-ability students), qualified for state competition. Notably, TEAM A is #5 in the world with Vex Robotics and qualified for the World Competition that takes place this April in St. Louis, MO.
In VEX Competitions, teams of students design and build robots and compete against teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. There are more than 16,000 participating teams representing 40 countries as they compete in over 1,350 tournaments worldwide.Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April.
According to the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, in addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.
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