Left to Right: Little Turtle’s Team of Lainey Daniels, Jamison Cordes, Callaghan Myers and the team from OJ Neighbors in Wabash, IN.

Columbia City, IN- Little Turtle Elementary’s students from Tech-Know Turtles participated at the Caston Elementary Invitational in Rochester, Indiana this past weekend. The students collaborated with eight teams from different schools in Indiana.  They were the Teamwork Champion and the Skills Champion.   There were 23 total teams at the competition.  In the state of Indiana, there are more than 800 teams and 130 teams earn their spot to compete in the State Finals!

Little Turtle’s VEX IQ Competition team comprises Jamison Cordes, Lainey Daniels, Kai Johnston, and Callaghan Myers.  In the VEX IQ Competition, students, with guidance from coaches engineered and built a robot using simple, snap-together VEX IQ parts to solve an engineering challenge presented each year in the form of a game. Teams work together to score points in Teamwork Matches and get to show off their skills individually in driver-controlled and programming Robot Skills Challenges.

The VEX IQ Competition fosters student development of teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

Ben Cooper, Beth Hart, and Katie Myers, the team’s coaches said, “We are proud of these students for all of the hard work they have put in this season.  It is rewarding to see their hard work pay off with an opportunity to participate in the State Finals!"

“Teamwork, problem-solving, and ingenuity are all on display at a VEX IQ Competition event and students develop these skills all year long by participating on a robotics team,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “Together, with the support of educators, coaches, and mentors, we’re fostering students’ passion for STEM at a young age to ensure that we have a generation that is dedicated to creating new discoveries and tackling life’s future challenges.”

The REC Foundation manages the VEX IQ Competition that many schools participate in around the world. VEX Competitions make up the world’s largest and fastest-growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the world. There are more than 23,000 VEX teams from 58 countries that participate in over 2,300 events worldwide. 

Teamwork Round with Another School and Callaghan Myers and Jamison Cordes from Little Turtle Elementary.