Lowcountry robotics competition brings students from all across state

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Saturday was an action packed day at College Park Middle School in Ladson where over a hundred students from across the state competed in a VEX Robotics tournament.

Saturday's winners will continue to the state competition, and from there the world championship in St. Louis.

Those competing are in groups of typically four. Each team has a robot that they have designed, built, programmed, and compete with.

Teachers who help put on this tournament say robotics is more than a sport, but a way to prepare students for the future in a way they may not have thought of.

"Our programs reach a lot of students who may not have considered programming or robotics or mechanical engineering. So it definitely gets them interested in pursuing something they may not have thought was an avenue they would explore,” Jessica Donaldson, Project Lead the Way Gateway teacher at Cane Bay Middle School said.
"This is what got him involved in the whole computer engineering thing and I'm absolutely proud of him,” a father whose son is on a robotics team said. His son is planning to go to Clemson to study engineering. He said working on the robotics team has helped him hone those skills.

With students coming from all over South Carolina to compete, those putting the tournament on say it's something everyone enjoys coming together to be a part of.

"They are really having a great time and they're meeting other people outside of their school who are interested in the same things they are. So they're making connections that way," Lisa Muggeo, Project Lead the Way Gateway teacher at College Park Middle School said.

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