The league is the first official elementary VEX IQ league in the state. VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system designed to teach students science, technology, engineering and math concepts while also building lifelong skills in teamwork, communication, problem-solving and leadership.
Nadine Amaya, robotics coach at Oak Grove Lower Elementary, said she expects 42 teams from across Mississippi at the Dec. 12 tournament.
“Robotics gives our children invaluable experience that will impact their future as well as our community’s future,” said Amaya, who was recently inducted into the VEX IQ World STEM Hall of Fame as Teacher of the Year. “Our program, now in its third year, continues to grow and now includes students at Oak Grove Upper Elementary School.”
The robotics program has been steadily growing across the Lamar County School District with teams also forming at Purvis Upper Elementary and Sumrall Middle schools. Amaya is also mentoring teams at neighboring schools, including Petal Primary and the TIDE School in Hattiesburg.
In past years, Oak Grove Lower Elementary teams have earned spots to the VEX IQ World Championship and have won trophies at both the state championship and various other tournaments across Mississippi.
For more information, contact Amaya at firstname.lastname@example.org.