Inaugural Robotics Competition Coming to Camarillo this Saturday

The fun and excitement of student-built robots going head-to-head in competition comes to Ventura County on Saturday, November 14. For the first time, the Ventura County Office of Education is hosting a VEX Robotics competition for middle and high school students from across the county. While the competition is open only to participants, members of the media are invited to cover the event and the public may watch a live video stream of the competition on November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at http://www.vcoe.org/Competitions/Robotics.

WHAT: VEX Robotics Competition at VCOE

WHERE: VCOE Conference and Educational Services Center – 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo, CA 93102

WHEN: Saturday, November 14

SCHEDULE:
7:30 AM-8:00 AM Teams Checked in
8:30 AM Driver Meeting
8:45 AM Opening Ceremony
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Practice Matches
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Matches
Noon – 1:00 PM Lunch (matches will continue during lunch)
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Finals Matches
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Awards

About the VEX Robotics Competition at VCOE
Ventura County schools and students have long been ready for a local robotics event. Realizing this, public and private Ventura County middle and high schools were provided a unique opportunity to bring robotics education programs to their students with no up-front equipment costs. Last November, VCOE and the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation provided VEX Robotics Classroom and Competition Super Kit grants to the first 30 eligible schools to respond.
The kits offer students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities that span science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond science and engineering principles, the projects encourage teamwork, leadership and problem-solving among groups. They can also be easily customized to meet the students’ skill level.
Now that the robots are ready, the competition is set to begin. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, have built innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and skills challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills.

Additional information about the competition is at http://www.vcoe.org/Competitions/Robotics.

About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.

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