Jay County has one of the most competitive and sought after robotics teams in the nation. The high school teams are consistently rated in the top 25 in the World standings. This past fall, we decided to open up enrollment for Jay County Robotics for the middle school kids. Last year we tested out the middle school program with East Jay and decided this year that West Jay would and should be included.
The Jay County Robotics Club focuses on building robots for the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC). The VEX Robotics Competition is a competition that is based on the principles of encouraging students to get careers in technology and engineering. What the students do for the competition is build robots that will play a game that is given to us by the VRC. There are also other things to aim for such as design awards, notebook awards, teamwork awards and many other awards that will recognize teams for their effort and following a design process.
Jay County Robotics Club travels around the state of Indiana and Ohio primarily. We hold two competitions at Jay County high school for the local public and other teams in the state. We also travel to Indianapolis, Crown Point, Warsaw and other areas to compete for qualifying spots for the State Championship. The State Championship will be held in Indianapolis, if we have teams do well there we will qualify for the World Championships in Louisville, KY.
The Jay County Robotics Club is funded by many gracious donors in the Jay County area such as Moser Engineering, SDP Manufacturing, B&B Powder coating, the Optimist Club, the Lions Club and many other private donors. We pride ourselves on not making the students go out to actively find sponsors so that they can work more on their robots and less on finding the money for parts.
Our high school students are excellent mentors for the middle school kids. The high school students are able to help the middle school students go through and figure out what they should build and how they can program it. This is a great asset to make the middle school students more competitive.
If you would like anymore information or have a student that might be interested, please contact Mr. Love for more information.