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Robotic Competition Donates to Food Bank

A robotics competition drew students from 40 schools to Bloomington over the weekend.

A robotics competition at Ivy Tech drew students from 40 schools to Bloomington over the weekend.

The 5th annual VEX Robotics Tournament pitted 80 teams against one another in a competition to see which team’s creation could best complete three tasks measuring agility, strength and programming ability.

“This is a way for them to apply what they learned in technology classes, math classes, engineering classes, and then also compete and use what they learned in a competition kind of environment,” said Technology Division Chair of Ivy Tech Bloomington Kirk Barnes.

Every team is given the supplies to create its robot. The only stipulation, Barnes said, is that they show up to compete and donate at least 12 cans of non-perishable foods. The event brings in anywhere from 700 to 1000 pounds of canned food every year. This year’s donations will be given to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

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