Robotics competition takes location at Elyria High School.

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One of the three Elyria robotics teams competes against a team from Barnesville Middle School in Barnesville during the first Pioneer Classic - VEX Robotics Middle School Tournament on Feb. 10 at Elyria High School, 601 Middle Ave. According to Brian Kokai, director of technology operations, Elyria had three middle school teams and two were fully girls teams. He said it's nice to see more participation in a competition where more males compete in.

Among the three Elyria robotics groups competes versus a group from Barnesville Intermediate school in Barnesville during the first Leader Classic-VEX Robotics Middle School Tournament on Feb. 10 at Elyria High School, 601 Middle Ave. According to Brian Kokai, director of technology operations, Elyria had three intermediate school teams and 2 were completely women teams. He stated it’s good to see more involvement in a competition where more males contend in. Briana Contreras- the Morning Journal Handmade robots and trainees from intermediate schools in Northeast Ohio filled Elyria High School’s small gymnasium Feb. 10 at an Elyria Pioneer Classic– Vex Intermediate School Qualifier.At the very first robotics tournament of its kind to come to Elyria, families and fans cheered on 19 teams from 7 middle schools who completed at the high school at 601 Middle Ave. in Elyria.Teams made from women and boys put their robots of metal, nuts, bolts and wires into a 12’x12’square ring or field to complete the VEX

difficulty against other teams.The name of the difficulty all groups participated in was called, “In the Zone.” The item is to obtain a greater rating than the opposing group by stacking cones on objectives or posts, scoring mobile goals in scoring zones, having the greatest stack and after that parking robotics, inning accordance with Brian Kokai, director of innovation operations at Elyria Schools.During the matches, two alliances were made of red and blue groups that included 2 groups each. Groups took on 15-second student discussion durations followed by one minute and 45 seconds of driver-controlled play.A program and competition that schools get involved in throughout the county, VEX Robotics promotes education and competitors while class STEM comes alive, according to their website.Like the In the Zone challenge, Kokai stated there are different obstacles established by VEX every year for trainee participation.An Elyria High School robotics program started last year and contended in a different challenge. This year, the district added the intermediate school robotics program.Due to robotics becoming a program that is growing, Kokai thought it would be terrific to present the occasion for middle school trainees and their families in Elyria, he stated. There aren’t as lots of events held for intermediate school programs when it comes to the high school level, he said. Staff desired to stage an occasion where middle school trainees can contend with their own peer group, he stated.”It’s great to see parents being interested in it as much as the trainees are, “Kokai said about attendance at the competition. “This is excellent for individuals who aren’t into any sports, however are still competitive.”With VEX Robotics, students discover structure, engineering style, coding, resiliency, teamwork and partnership, he said.Technology used in the school system is improving into more modern times, he stated. The school system is starting in primary with camps and workshops so it can construct their interests. By the time trainees make it to high school, his strategy is to provide more detailed classes that will prepare young engineers for their future, he stated. “The goal is to get(students)interested in technology as a career or as a next step,”he said. With robotics growing in different schools, the program was established by the interest of young engineers and assist from consultants in the county.Eighth-grade Brookside Intermediate school competitors, Kane Besserer and Michael Bilczo said this was their second year of completing in VEX competitors.” It’s really extreme,”Bilczo said.”I love the intensity of robotics. You have to keep the rating in your head and the other challengers score in your go to know how much you have to score in each match.

“Bilczo stated it’s great to satisfy other groups and develop relationships. Besserer added he likes meeting individuals to see who will be a good alliance to their team.Elyria Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas G. Jama, who was sporting Elyria’s Robotics team uniform, said it’s interesting to have a competition pertained to Elyria. He stated an event like this is the reason the new high school was constructed.”Doing exactly what( trainees )enjoy, doing

exactly what’s brand-new and doing exactly what’s exciting is exactly what education is going to be everything about,”Jama stated.”Hands-on, manipulative knowing is what’s going to occur.

“The robotics competition gets the kids delighted which’s exactly what it’s everything about, Jama said.Don’t Miss > > Lorain trainees, Kids and Girls Clubs work on task skills > > New treasurer feels Midview is the right fit > >

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