Students fill state fairgrounds for robotics challenge

(WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)
(WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Students from across Indiana put their math and science skills to the test at the Indiana State Fair Saturday morning.

It happened at the 4-H Robotics Challenge. Elementary and high school-aged teams put together robots using Legos and VEX materials — similar to erector sets.

Some of their creations had to ring a bell — others had to knock fruit off of a string. The participants didn’t learn the challenge until Saturday morning.

“There is a lot of joy in those kids’ faces whether they’re just crossing the line up there or ringing the bell,” Richard Fox of Purdue University said. “When that happens they get a real excitement that they actually accomplished that task.”

After several hours of tweaking and test runs the teams finished with individual demonstrations of their final project. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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