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Teams of Robot-Building Students Put STEM Skills to the Test at the
1st Annual Newton College and Career Academy VEX and VEX IQ Qualifiers

More than 150 elementary, middle, and high school VEX Robotics students and mentors from around Georgia will unite at the Newton College and Career Academy on January 31, 2015 for the 1st Annual NCCA VEX and VEX IQ Qualifiers.  The action-packed tournament will feature more than 30 teams who will compete with and against other schools in a series of back-to-back robot challenges. Participants will compete for the championship title by strategically executing the VRC and VEX IQ games Skyrise and Highrise, driving robots they designed, built and programmed from the ground up using the VEX Robotics Design System.  Nine of the 30+ teams that will be competing at this event are made up of teams from Newton County’s middle and high schools.  The other teams are coming from Newnan, Stockbridge, McDonough, Atlanta, Roswell, Augusta, and Grayson.

The NCCA qualifier is one of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year.  VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 7,300 teams from 26 countries that participate in more than 400 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide.  The competition season culminates each Spring, with the highly-anticipated VEX Robotics Competition World Championship event, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics Competitions. 

“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Tim Schmitt, CTAE Coordinator of Newton County Schools.  “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology – instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers.”

The VEX Robotics Competition is managed by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and serves as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the community in a pulse-pounding, exciting, non-traditional environment.  The VEX Robotics Design System was built from the ground up and designed to be an affordable, accessible and scalable platform used to teach science, technology, engineering and math education worldwide. 


Tim Schmitt, Newton County Schools CTAE Coordinator

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