Should Your Kid Join a Robotics Team?

Imagine this: Your kids’ favorite robot – designed, programmed, and built by them!


Area 59 is launching its 2nd Annual VEX Robotics League starting this month and continuing through February. League activities include building, programming, and driving robots. Teams meet weekly for practices and 60-second battle competitions, where they put classroom STEM concepts to the test by maneuvering self-built robots through a series of obstacles to win against the clock and other students for a chance to qualify for the State Championships hosted here in Gillette.

By participating in a robotics league, kids gain lifelong skills including teamwork, improved problem-solving, time management, conflict resolution, and communication skills, as well as demonstrate an increased interest in doing well in school and going to college.

If your kid’s team crushes at league-play and the state competition, they can pack their bags for Louisville, Kentucky, where they’ll represent Campbell County and the state of Wyoming at the world’s top robotics competition, VEX Worlds 2020.

Area 59’s VEX Robotics League is open to students ages 8-14 and costs $65 to join.

Each four-member team will be assigned a mentor, and attend the kick-off meeting to pick up their robotics kits and get building! Mentors are also needed to help organize and support our awesome youth teams.

Interested? You and your parents can head over to the Area 59 website to get started, or stop by Area 59 tonight, Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m. for a free open house with guided tour.