Students fill state fairgrounds for robotics challenge

(WISH Photo/Jeff Wagner)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Students from across Indiana put their math and science skills to the test at the Indiana State Fair Saturday morning.

It happened at the 4-H Robotics Challenge. Elementary and high school-aged teams put together robots using Legos and VEX materials — similar to erector sets.

Some of their creations had to ring a bell — others had to knock fruit off of a string. The participants didn’t learn the challenge until Saturday morning.

“There is a lot of joy in those kids’ faces whether they’re just crossing the line up there or ringing the bell,” Richard Fox of Purdue University said. “When that happens they get a real excitement that they actually accomplished that task.”

After several hours of tweaking and test runs the teams finished with individual demonstrations of their final project. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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