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South Hagerstown High School to Host VEX IQ State Robotics Competitions

Posted February 6, 2024

For the first time, Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) will be hosting a pair of VEX IQ robotics competitions highlighting elementary student talents and skills at South Hagerstown High School later this month. VEX IQ is a plastic snap-together robotics system that teaches science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles with coding software, curriculum, and games. VEX IQ robotics competitions offer student teams the opportunity to compete with one another through exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their STEM skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

South Hagerstown High School will host a VEX IQ Maryland State Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, February 10, and the Maryland State Championship on Saturday, February 24. More than 40 teams from across Maryland are expected to compete in the State Qualifying Tournament on February 10, including teams from six WCPS schools: Bester, Fountaindale, Emma K. Doub, Hickory, Eastern, and Hancock elementary schools.

Doors to both events will open at 8:45 a.m. and follow the same schedule:

  • 8:45 a.m. - Check In and Inspection Open
  • 9:15 a.m. - Deadline for Teams to Check In
  • 9:30 a.m. - Event Meeting
  • 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Qualifier Matches
  • 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
  • 1:05 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Qualifier Matches
  • 3:10 p.m. - Finals (5 alliances/Top 10 teams in ranking)
  • 3:30 p.m. - Awards
  • 3:45 p.m. - Cleanup

WCPS STEM and Environmental Literacy Coordinator Christopher Kopco says, "Three years ago, we started the VEX IQ program in Bester, Fountaindale, and Emma K. Doub elementary schools. The program has now expanded into six elementary schools, and we are excited to be hosting both the state qualifying tournament and the state championship thanks to the efforts of South Hagerstown High School Robotics Coach Don Custer. Members of the community are invited to attend both events to support the participants and see firsthand how students in Washington County and from across Maryland are engaged in learning about high-tech areas such as robotics."