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Students put their Skills to the test in Robotics Competition

ST. ALBANS, WV (WOWK) - Thirty-four schools gathered at St. Albans High School to put their skills to the test for the chance to advance to the West Virginia VEX Robotics Competition State Tournament.

At today's competition, nine spots were available for team advancement to state. The robots compete on a 12 foot by 12 foot field and must complete various tasks.

The robots come in assembly kits and students are solely responsible constructing them to specific design patterns that they come up with themselves. Students use conceptual knowledge they learn in the classroom and apply it in their designs.

Kanawha County Schools Robotics Curriculum Specialist, Cody Clay said, "it's a process that involves failure, but they don't see this as a negative, they grow from it."

VEX is an international platform ofering the largest robotics competition worldwide.

Thanks to grant monies, Kanawha County is in its second year of the program and organizers said it's motivating inside and outside the classroom.

"This is a way for them to be able to express their skills in a tangible manner and it gives them an opportunity to bring to life all of the content they've learned in our education system," said Clay.

While students completely design and construct their robots from scratch, teachers are facilitators who build lesson plans geared to the building process. Organizers call it the "elemented approach."

The state competition is set for Saturday, February 27th, 2019 at Fairmont State University.

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