Seaman Middle School hosts first robotics tournament

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Seaman Middle School hosted its first ever robotics tournament Saturday morning.

The competition was called "Tower Takeover" and 20 teams from Kansas and Missouri took part.

Using a robot that each team built, the objective of "Tower Takeover" was to get different color cubes into a goal zone.

Teams could also stack cubes on top of each other to earn points.

Rob Jackson is a science teacher at Seaman Middle School and coaches the robotics team.

He said last year was their first year competing, and they qualified for state.

Jackson said their team goals are to have even more success at state this year, and win an Excellence Award at one of the competitions.

"It's a lot more than just learning STEM," he said, "Yes they are learning about engineering and math and programming, but also at events like this we have judges go around and interview the students."

Jackson also said, "It's really good for developing students to be able to work in our modern world where they have to interact and collaborate and engage with people."

To qualify for state, the Seaman Middle School Robotics team would have to win a tournament or Excellence Award.

Jackson said if all the spots at state don't fill up after that, they could still qualify by winning a skills challenge.