Example of student robotics project in VEC competition Robotics team members from IPS Harshman Middle School

For the second year the City of Indianapolis is sponsoring a competition among most of the city’s high schools and many middle schools to encourage more young people to enter STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) Careers.  It’s the 2nd annual Indy VEC Vex Robotics Championships held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Teams from 44 high schools and 40 middle schools, public, private and charter will compete in teams constructing working robots doing a number of tasks.  The event is funded by Roche Diagnostics and assisted by Project Lead the Way, an Indianapolis based organization that provides assistance and curriculum and programs to schools across the country to encourage more students to get engaged in science, math, engineering and technology courses and programs.  Appearing on Afternoons with Amos were members of the VEC Robotics Team from Harshman Middle School on the city’s near east side. 8th graders Kelsey Harvey and Diamond Guevara and 7th grader Elijah Hardiman joined Amos to explain to him and listeners what the VEC Robotics Championships was all about and how participating in it will help them in school and in life.  Also explaining the Indy VEC Vex Robotics Championships was Dorothy Powers and Matt Cohen with Project Lead The Way and Laura Dodds of the Tech Point Foundation.  Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ interview with these budding young student scientists and technicians.  You’ll be inspired by them. Runs 24 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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