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May 1, 2016


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The Newton County Theme School’s (NCTS) VEX IQ robotics team had a wonderful experience at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, KY April 20-23rd. Over 1100 robotics teams from more than 30 countries were represented at the event, with 199 of them competing in the VEX IQ middle school division. After all was said and done, NCTS finished 112th out of 199 teams in the Teamwork Challenge and finished 48th in the Programming Skills Challenge. 

"As a first year robotics team, these results are outstanding," said Tim Schmitt, NCSS Career, Technical,and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

Through the course of the event, NCTS competed in 10 Teamwork Skills Challenges, pairing with international teams from Puerto Rico, Chile, and Mexico as well as U.S. teams from Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, Arkansas, Arizona, and Tennessee. Rarely do our students get to collaborate and work with such diverse groups and the experience is one that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Special thanks to the two teachers who sponsor the NCTS robotics team, Ms. Kena Hudgins and Ms. Wendi Carnes. They have worked tirelessly throughout the year to support their teams!