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Alexandria Middle School Wins State Robotics Competition

On Friday, April 22, the St. Mary Jr. High Robotics Team from Alexandria won the Robo Challenge Xtreme (RCX) State Tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington in the Middle School Division.

The team scored a tournament high 375 points, winning by 25 points in a close competition with 22 other teams. The St. Mary fifth-grade teams finished 6th and 11th in the Elementary Division. 

The RCX Robotics championship was held as part of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship. Students competing in the RCX event use technology to expand their knowledge of math and science in a challenging, fun way. The children also strengthen their teamwork, communication, computer programming, and problem-solving skills. RCX teams compete on a 4-foot-by-8-foot “field,” or mat, with an autonomous robot that they have designed, built, and programmed to complete “missions.” Teams score points by completing as many missions as possible in a 3-minute time period. 

The state championship team included Charlie Wells, Alex Kramer, Owen Davis, Drew Racke, Justin Schingledecker, Logan Rowe, and coaches Tom Rowe and Jim Rowe.

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