Akron Public Schools has a well-earned reputation around the state and nation for its students' skill in creating working robots. And they're competitive.
Eleven teams from APS (six from Firestone CLC and five from NIHF STEM) qualified for the VEX State Tournament on March 1. Only 80 teams made it to the state tournament, and APS accounted for 11 of them.
Four teams (three from Firestone, one from STEM) went on to compete at the VEX World Competition in Louisville, KY. Team B from Firestone won the coveted Design Award, one of only six divisional awards in the world.
Teams were coached by Dan Spak, Firestone and Ralph Appleby, NIHF STEM.
Six engineering pathways will be offered across four high schools in the 2019-2020 school year.