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Joplin High School students to "battle their bots" against area schools in Four State Shoot Out VEX Robotics Competition

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Joplin High School students to "battle their bots" against area schools in Four State Shoot Out VEX Robotics Competition

Joplin, Mo. - On Saturday, Jan. 11, Joplin High School students will compete against several area high schools in the Four State Shoot Out VEX Robotics competition. The event will be held at the JHS 11-12 Campus, 101 N. Range Line Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teams of students will compete against each other with unique, custom robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in the game "Toss Up," developed by VEX Robotics, Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. Learn more about the game at: http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/current-game/. The competition aims to inspire students worldwide to pursue STEM-related education and career paths. The local competition is sponsored in part by EaglePicher Technologies.

Competing schools include:

Joplin High School, Joplin, Mo.

Parkway West High School, Ballwin, Mo.

Locust Grove High School, Locust Grove, Okla.

Belton High School, Belton Mo.

Kickapoo High School, Springfield, Mo.

Schedule for the day:

9:00 a.m. - Doors open, registration, and inspection

9:45 a.m. - Opening ceremonies

10:00 a.m. - Qualifying matches

12:00 p.m. - Lunch break

1:00 p.m. - Qualifying matches

2:30 p.m. - Alliance selection

3:00 p.m. - Final tournament

4:00 p.m. - Awards

This competition is one in a series of tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional, and local sponsors. The competition season culminates each spring with the top performing teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions competing against each other at the VEX Robotics World Championship at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. At the World Championship, these exemplary teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from other countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

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