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EagleBots tie for second at Anderson

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Eastwood EagleBots cheer on their teammates during the VEX IQ Challenge finals.
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Members of the Eastwood EagleBots robotics teams watch the competition Saturday at Highland Jr. High School during the VEX IQ Challenge Qualifier.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Young robot builders from around Henry County traveled to Anderson this weekend to take part in the VEX IQ Challenge.

Teams from Eastwood and Westwood Elementary Schools in New Castle and Shenandoah Elementary School in Middletown showed off their engineering and driving wherewithal Saturday against other area teams at Highland Jr. High School.

Eastwood EagleBots had three different groups of students competing: Teams A, B and C.

Westwood was represented by the Wildcats.

The RaiderBots appeared in Anderson for Shenandoah Elementary School.

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

The Anderson-Edgewood Elementaries VEX IQ ES Qualifier tested teamwork and skills of each group.

The RaiderBots ended the Teamwork category in sixth place with 72 points after eight rounds.

EagleBots A earned 69 points in Teamwork, for eighth place. EagleBots C finished 15th with 60 points and EagleBots B got 21st with 51 points.

The Wildcats finished 34th in Teamwork with 30 points.

Eastwood topped the local teams in the Skills category.

EagleBots A finished eighth with a high scored of 10 points. EagleBots C also had a high score of 10 and finished in 10th place.

Shenandoah RaiderBots finished in 12th place in the Skills category with a high of nine points.

EagleBots B took 17th with a high of six.

The Westwood Wildcats finished 20th in Skills with a high score of five points.

EagleBots A and the RaiderBots made it to the Top 16 finals.

At the end of the day, the EagleBots A earned 12 points and tied for second place. The RaiderBots tied for third place with 10 points total.

Teams from Sand Creek Intermediate School and Washington Woods Elementary School tied for first place at the qualifier and will be going to the state competition.

Randy Decker, the Indiana regional support manager for VEX IQ Challenge, said all teams are invited to watch the state competition March 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Admission is free.

Decker said 200 elementary teams, 100 middle school teams and 60 high school robotics teams will compete.