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Robot Extreme Challenge at WKCTC March 11

Paducah, KY (March 2, 2016) – West Kentucky Community and Technical College is gearing to host its annual Robot Extreme Challenge (RCX) March 11. The public is invited to attend the RCX competition.
Elementary, middle school and high school students participate in the competition that can consist of up to ten students in elementary, middle and high school levels. Twenty-five West Kentucky teams will compete for six state qualifier positions. The state competition will be held at Lexington’s Rupp Area in April.
Each year, the Kentucky-based competition involves students preparing a LEGO EV3 Robot to complete as many as 15 missions. Students pre-program the robot to do one or more missions at a time.  They try to complete as many missions as they can in three minutes.  A perfect score of 600 is possible. Top score from any of the missions is used to determine winners at each level.
The 2016-17 RCX competition is built around the theme of a “Fun at the Fair.” Students get to imagine themselves entering a carnival and interacting with missions called “bumper cars”, “spinning cups”, “wack-a-bot” and more.”
Rules for each mission are posted on the RCX Web site. After reviewing the rules, students brainstorm, plan, and design their robot and LEGO attachments. Students test their inventions and revise them until they successfully work for each mission.
“I have the privilege of getting young people excited about science, technology, engineering, art/design and math,” said Bill Kunnecke, WKCTC program director of the STEAM Initiative. “This is our third year to host the RCX competition and it’s clear how positive experiences in this exhilarating environment of friendly competition can open students’ eyes to the vast world of opportunity in STEM career fields.”
For more information and to register for the Robot Extreme Challenge, call (270) 534-3157 for more details.