By Devin Sherrill, Bryant School District Communication Director
Bryant Junior High School is the site for the regional VEX Robotics Tournament, the Bryant Battle, this Saturday, Feb. 15.
A total of 32 high school and 24 middle school teams from around the state will compete for a spot in the Arkansas VEX State Championship on March 7 at Arkansas Tech University.
In the VEX Robotics Competition teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn skills in teamwork, leadership, communication, and more.
Teams compete to earn a Tournament Champion Award in match play; a Skills Award in robot skills; a Design Award for utilizing the engineering design process to create a robot; and a Judges Score, based on teamwork and knowledge of robotics. The top team earns the Excellence Award, which exemplifies overall excellence in building a high-quality robotics program.
The event is free to the public. Competition begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Bryant Junior High School is located at 301 Hill Farm Road in Bryant.