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Tallmadge Middle School Robotics Club (TMSRC) instructors Justin Christopher, Rich Day and Chad Nash held a robotics competition March 16 at the annual NEOtech conference at Kent State University's Student Center.
This was the fifth year that the NEOtech Conference, which is held annually to offer educational technology professional development to member schools' teachers, afforded the TMSRC instructors to host the robotics competition. The competition acts as a satellite of the National Robotics Challenge (NRC) held annually in Marion, and features middle school robotics events Botball, Mini-Sumo, Tactile Maze and Non-tactile maze. This was also the first year that NEOnet provided an overall event trophy winner and recognized the winning team on an annual plaque that will be displayed at the NEOnet facility.
The event had more than 50 participants from three schools and 25 separate robot entries. The schools participating use this competition as preparation for the NRC, considered to be the paramount event to the robotics competition season. The TMSRC instructors hope to continue to grow this annual event, making it a premier Northeast Ohio robotics competition to prepare area middle school robotics teams to compete at the NRC in Marion.
Tallmadge Middle School won the overall event with a first-, second and third-place finish in Botball, and took first-place in Tactile Maze, second-place in Mini-Sumo and third-place in Non-Tactile Maze, scoring 18 points respectively. Streetsboro middle school placed second with 13 points and Akron Springfield finished third with 5 points.