Students compete in world of robotics at young age

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- More than a dozen teams gathered on FAMU's campus for a robotics competition, introducing students to the worlds of math, science, and technology, well before they get to college.

Middle and high school students from all across North Florida competed in the VEX Competition. Students designed, built, and programmed the robots. In this competition, the teams must collect more cones than their competitors

"It allows them to get hands on experience building things. It takes them out of the two dimensional computer and book format to where they actually get to do something," said Jane McDonald, the co-coordinator of the event.

While the technology might seem too advanced for younger students, the process is closer to entry level.

"They're having a knowledge, getting a knowledge of the basic motors, micro controllers. So it's like a low barrier, so it gets them into this area," said Dr. Chao Li.

The competition in Tallahassee is only in its second year, but officials would like to see the event continue to grow among the youth.

The winners Sunday afternoon will have the opportunity to compete in the state level competition in Tampa later in February.

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