GEORGETOWN, KY – Robo Challenge Xtreme (RCX) is a fun way for students to expand their knowledge of math and science through a challenging robotics competition. Georgetown College is proud to host a regional RCX competition on Saturday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the George H.W. Bush Center on its campus.

It is Georgetown’s fourth consecutive year to host what is the largest of five regional competitions with nearly 100 teams from Central Kentucky elementary, middle and high schools represented.  The activity, presented in partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools, is designed to strengthen teamwork, communication, computer programming and problem solving skills. Participating teams are expected to come from Fayette, Scott, Madison, Morgan, Letcher and Franklin counties.

Doors will open for elementary team competition at 7:45 a.m.; an awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:25 a.m. Middle and high school competition begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The event is expected to attract nearly 400 students, parents, teachers, coaches and volunteers. Georgetown College students will serve as referees for the competitions.

By using LEGOs, students design, build and program a robot to achieve tasks according to missions and rules provided by RCX. A completed robot can use simple math commands or more complex LEGO sensors. It’s an opportunity for students and their adult coaches to learn the value of patience and persistence through ‘trial and error’ as they endeavor to build and program a robot.

Other regional competitions are being held at Crossroads Elementary, Cold Spring, Kentucky, on March 2, and at locations in Henry, Jefferson and Todd Counties on March 9. Winning teams from each region then compete at the state Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition on March 28 at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Dr. Andrea Peach, Ed.D., Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Graduate Education, coordinates the competition for this region. Dr. Peach also conducts a robotics camp each summer at Georgetown College.