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RoboVance Competes at State Competition

On Saturday, May 6th, Vance County Schools held its inaugural RoboVANCE, intra-district robotics competition in which our elementary and middle school teams competed against each other in coding tasks and robotics. Vance County Schools had nine kindergarten through 2nd grade teams, seventeen 3rd through 5th grade teams, and five 6th through 8th grade teams. The six teams who placed during the intra-district competition were invited to compete against teams from other school districts in the Brick Master State Level Competition on Saturday, May 20 in Salisbury, NC.
The teams who traveled to Salisbury, NC to compete in the state level competition were the Zeb Vance Magical RobotZ, the Carver Electric Eagles, the LB Yancey Robotics #1, the Dabney Rockets, the VCMS Master Tech Builders, the STEM Card Sharks 3, and the STEM Card Sharks 1.
In the state level competition against Davidson and Rowan-Salisbury teams, all of the teams competed in coding challenges. The Dabney Rockets took first place for the elementary coding event and STEM Card Sharks #3, an all girls team, brought home first place in the middle school division for coding.
For the robotics portion of the competition, teams had 4 assignments, along with a mystery task. Students had to program their robots to complete a variety of challenges with scenarios that were based on alternative energy sources. VCMS Master Tech Builders took 4th place at the competition for the middle school division.
Dr. Destiney Ross-Putney, Chief Officer of Instruction and Innovation, shared, "Our robotics program has been hard work since the beginning of this school year, with both staff and students meeting and practicing weekly. To watch these programs develop from the ground up and take state level recognition is a testament to their commitment to problem solving and teamwork." 
RoboVance will kick off again in 2023-2024 with students in grades K-8.Sign-up information will be available in August during Open House.