Lincoln Middle School hosts 4th annual Vex Robotics competition

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Elementary and middle school students in Alachua County had the opportunity to compete in the 4th annual Vex Robotics competition at Lincoln Middle School on Tuesday morning.

There were two tournaments happening simultaneously—23 teams were competing in the middle school tournament and 30 teams were competing in the elementary school tournament.

After the competition, teams will be awarded either the Judges award, the Robot Skills Champion award, the Excellence Award, or the Teamwork Champion award.

Alachua County Partnerships Specialists Kelley Kostamo said the participants are learning the importance of teamwork during the competition.

“They’re learning how well their robot works, they’re assessing their teammate's robots and they come out with a score together," Kostamo said. "Those are the reasons why I like doing it because it teaches some of those soft skills."

Robotics Coordinator Judith Chico-Roman shared how important the STEM field is for students.

“It’s very important to get the kids interested in that because that is the way of the future," Chico-Roman said.

The teams were all competing to represent the district in the statewide Vex IQ Challenge in March and that competition will be held in Tampa.

The international competition will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in May.