TCEA Area 16 Robotics Competition taking place in Amarillo


    <p>The TCEA Area 16 Robotics Competition will take place Saturday at Region 16, located at 5800 Bell Street, in Amarillo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Courtesy: TCEA){/p}

    The TCEA Area 16 Robotics Competition will take place Saturday at Region 16, located at 5800 Bell Street, in Amarillo from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend the competition.

    Seventy teams composed of more than 200 students will participate in four different robotics competitions. Students from 4th-12th grades will design and program Lego-based robots to perform specific tasks. Student teams will represent about 20 Area 16 schools.

    The top two teams in each event will qualify for the TCEA state robotics contest in April.

    Students not only have the opportunity to compete in a prescribed problem contest; there is also an open-ended invention contest. Students use marketing, programming, writing, constructing and presentation skills to find a solution to a problem of their choice.

    Each year, TCEA provides its members with the opportunity to explore the impact of robotics. Participating students from elementary and secondary schools design, collaborate, plan, redesign, construct, create, assemble, invent, reinvent, write, present and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot. The contests vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, sensing objects and light.

    TCEA is a member-based state-wide organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the use of technology. The organization's primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-12th grade environment and providing members with state-of-the-art information via online professional development, a variety of publications and collaborations with higher education and business.

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