CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI)-If you saw the parking lot at South Vermillion middle school Saturday morning you would have thought the school was in session. Instead, students like Katlyn Lawson were there showing off her schools handy work.
"I know robotics last year turned out to be pretty fun judging on what my friend said. Not only did that get me interested but the idea of getting to create the robot sounded fun to me," said Lawson.
That’s because the school hosted the VEX IQ Robotics Competition. 300 students made up 31 teams from across the state.
It's a competition where schools build a special robot to complete various tasks. Michelle Zentz is the coach of central processors. She says it's a yearlong event that gets kids interested in robotics.
"I am really proud to be part of Indiana and the growth of the robotics organization in the community. To hear my kids coach themselves through this activity and to know they are learning lifelong skills of team building, designing and engineering this is everything a teacher dreams of," said Zentz.
This project falls under the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics also known as STEM. It’s been a national goal to get more students involved in these STEM careers especially young girls.
This is a way to show them how fun these areas can be while preparing for the future.
"We hear a lot about college and career ready four our students and that's something that we strive for. This is a program that completely empowers the kids to understand what that really means," said Zentz.
For these kids, it's not all about winning. It's about having fun, making their school proud and being inspired by technology.
"The idea that everyone can do something special if they just put their minds to it like I have this year. I feel like have gotten to take part in something that would make my school proud and that makes me feel really good honestly," said Lawson.
The event was just one of many state qualifying competitions across Indiana. The state championship will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 10th.