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.