In an effort to foster interest in robotics at an early age, the California Polytechnic Institute will hold a robotics competition in which children of all grade levels can compete, reported Walnut Patch.
Contest entrants include several student groups form the Collegewood Elementary School in Walnut Valley, California, according to the news source. Sporting innovative names, such as the Tomahawks and the Unbeatables, the students will face off in multiple events scheduled for the expo, including one that pits Lego Mindstorm robots against each other in a sumo-like competition.
Aside from developing key team building skills among robotics team members, teachers claim attending competitions such as the Cal Poly event enhance the science, technology, engineering and math education of the students.
"That’s our central goal here," math education professor Cesar Larriva, director of the exposition, told the media organization. "To help them learn mathematics through authentic problem solving.”