VEX Robotics Qualifier Tournament: Oxford
Students from around Alabama participated in a VEX Robotics tournament to qualify for the state championship. The tournament took place on Saturday at Oxford Middle School and involved 50 teams from around the state. The students built robots and competed in block challenges. Event organizers and teacher supporters say the event helps the students prepare for the emerging job market that is engineering and science dominant. Mountain Brook Junior High School teacher James Salvant says it gives the students an advantage. Oxford Middle School Robotics Teacher Lauren Couch says the competition is a platform that helps the school to improve its curriculum with new classes. The students who placed at the competition will compete at the State Level on March 7th at Jacksonville State University. The World Competition will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. Ohatchee High School took home the VEX Robotics championship and will advance to the state finals. Oxford Middle School and Roanoke City Schools were the winning alliance for the VEX I-Q Competition and will advance to the finals.