GAINESVILLE, Fla. ‒ Nearly 250 students from elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the district will face off in Alachua County Public Schools’ annual robotics competition on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.  There will be three robotics tournaments running simultaneously.

More than 70 registered teams will demonstrate their skills in developing, building and operating robots to perform specific tasks, all before event judges. There will be team skills contests as well as a Teamwork Challenge in which teams from different schools must work together to earn points.

All teams are vying for a spot in the Central/North Florida State Vex Competitions held in late March, with the chance to possibly compete at the Worlds Competition in May.

The competition is being sponsored by Gas South, whose donation this year help fund the robotics competitions. In addition, the ACPS Robotics Program received a STEM grant from the Education Foundation of Alachua County to help purchase new and replacement equipment and field expansion kits earlier this school year.

The Robotics Competition takes place at Lincoln Middle School, 1001 S.E. 12th Street, Gainesville. Times are:

Opening Ceremony: 10:00 AM

Lunch: 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Competition: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM., Gym/Auditorium

Closing ceremony and awards: 4 – 4:30 PM, likely in the Auditorium

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