Congratulations to the robotics teams of elementary students from Franklin Township Community Schools.

As the team from Kitley Elementary prepares for its big weekend at the VEX IQ Challenge, students from Thompson Crossing Elementary and Franklin Township Middle School East are getting ready for the FIRST LEGO League World Festival Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

Congratulations and best of luck to the Kitley Elementary Cougars in their quest for the Indiana State Championship this weekend.  After winning the STEM Research Project Award at the VEX IQ ES Challenge, Franklin Township’s Kitley Elementary Cougars they now move on to compete in the VEX IQ Challenge, Indiana State Robotics Championships at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

VEX Robotics competitions are game-based engineering challenges that bring teams of students together to design and build a robot to play against another teams’ robot.  The activities support classroom science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts.  The Kitley Cougars are participating in the STEM research project category.

And, congratulations and best of luck to the “Flashlights” from Thompson Crossing Elementary and Franklin Township Middle School East. After besting 31 teams in a FIRST LEGO League Competition hosted by Purdue Polytechnic, the team of elementary and middle school students are heading to LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis, MO.  The team, known as the “Flashlights” is ranked #18 in the world and we wish them luck at the LEGO League World Festival in April.

With FIRST LEGO League, children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges that are designed to stimulate and enrich the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The students are challenged to design their own solution to a current scientific problem, then build LEGO robots that perform autonomous missions.  This year’s theme is Animal Allies where students are working to figure out how animals and people can work together to accomplish amazing things.

 This post was created in collaboration with Dr. Sheila Sherman, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, Franklin Township Community School Corporation


Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.



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