SPARTA, NJ – It was a busy day for the members of the Sparta robotics students as they hosted nearly 1000 elementary and middle school ages children their parents at the high school for a VEX IQ competition. The robotics competition required the teams of participants to design, build and code the robots.

The event was presented in partnership with Robot Revolution from Summit. 

Sparta students oversaw the teams’ efforts, mentoring them not just in the nuts and bolts, wires and wheels but in concepts that make teams successful.

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“Our students engaged them over STEM related topics as a result of the competition but more importantly engaged them by showing them the value in working together, being a team and doing something positive for someone else,” Meola said.

“Our high schoolers worked with students from other towns on Saturday at the high school event and were very busy all day,” team parent Gina Muth said.

On the field of play the Teamwork competition consists of two teams competing in 60 second matches, working together to score points.  There are also Robot Skills with only one robot on the field that include Driving Skills Matches that are driver controlled and autonomous Programming Skills Matches. 

Teams are also judged by the quality of their design notebook and the ability of the team members to explain the build process.  Teamwork factors into the evaluation as well. 

Summit, Springfield, Millburn, Chatham, Newton, New Providence, Mountain Lakes and Sparta were all represented at the competition.