Youngstown charter school sends teams to robotics competition

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Robotics is a growing program across the Valley, and area students are excelling.

A local team is heading to a world competition this month with a student on the team as young as the 5th grade.

Horizon Science Academy is sending two teams to Kentucky at the end of the month with high hopes of bringing home a trophy at the VEX Robotics World Championship, and it’s not their first time at the competition.

It takes both the engineering skills and teamwork to be successful at building the robots. After a number of competitions this year and tweaking their robots, the students say they’re ready to battle it out with more than 600 teams from 40 countries.

Students talked about the challenges and what they’ve learned from the months of practice leading up to the competition.

“Communicating with teammates – I think that is the best part for us because we get to learn about their robot and they get to learn of off our robot. We see what we did wrong and what they did wrong so we can help them out,” said Jonathan Nieves, 8th-grade robotics team member.

Coach Ridvan Ermaya said the robotics team helps set students up for the future with hands-on learning experience.

“When they are building the robots, they are learning how to be an engineer,” Ermaya said.

The academy had one team attend the same competition last year.

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