Indy middle school robotics team wins world championship


2016 World Robotics Champs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 24, 2016) – A middle school robotics team from Indianapolis came in first place at the VEX Worlds Robotic Championship in Louisville this weekend.

The competition, which holds the Guinness world record for the largest robotics event, was hosted at the Kentucky Expo Center April 21-23. It brought around 1000 of the world’s top robotics teams to celebrate their accomplishments and compete against each other.

One of those teams was 323S SKYHAWKS, from the Cornerstone Robotics Club in Indianapolis. They took the middle school VEX IQ World Championship title and also won the Amaze Award for the design of their robot.

Members of the championship team includes: Arron Moon, Tommy Ewing, Owen Bishop, Justus Lockerbie, and their mentor Jesse Lockerbie.

323M Shadow, another middle school team from the Cornerstone Robotics Club, placed 19th overall.

Their team includes: Truett Woolard, Asher McKenna, Aden Whitesel, Charlie Reine and their mentor Luke Rohler.

Each year the world championship winner is determined by the collaborative final match score of paired up teams. 323S SKYHAWK from Indianapolis was paired with 10543C Bestic C from Shanghai, China.  They accomplished a perfect score of 173 points in their final match, edging out the nearest competitor by 2 points.

A recap of the VEX World Robotics Championship will be shown on ESPN 2 on July 20.

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