Robots returning to Owen and they need helping hands

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By John Whitlock

The robots are coming back to Owen County and this time, they need humans.
The Owen County High School will once again host a VEX robotics event in which teams of students compete against each other using homemade robots to perform tasks as well as battle against each other. On the line is a chance to advance to an international competition in Anaheim, Calif. and a shot at a national championship.
According to VEX event coordinator Rusty Willhoite, the Owen County event will draw competitors from across Kentucky as well as other states.
“Our event is a state qualifier,” Willhoite said. “From here, winning teams can move on to state and then maybe they can go to world championship in Anaheim.”
Willhoite said his teams will need help making the competition work.
“This event is looking like it could be one of the larger VEX events in the state of Kentucky,” Willhoite said. “An event this large will take many people to help make it a success. We may possibly need 20 to 30 volunteers to make this event a success.”
Volunteers don’t necessarily need to know much advance robotics to help make the competition a success, Willhoite said.
“We will have things people can study before the event so they can help,” Willhoite said. “But they are a lot of jobs that don’t require any knowledge of robots to perform such as maintaining the hospitality room, crowd control and general organization.”
To make the competition successful, Willhoite and his teams of Owen County competitors could also use financial support from the community through sponsorships.
Willhoite will host a meeting for Dec. 30 at Owen County High School, starting at 5:30 p.m., for anyone interesting in taking part in this unique event for Owen County.
If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event, contact Willhoite at rusty.willhoite@owen.kyschools.us