Lakeshore PBS Friends & Neighbors Episode

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Middle School

This year's VEX Robotics Challenge!

Our  story

The Porta-Botz! robotics team was a grass-roots movement and joined the world of competitive robotics for the first time in January 2015.   PLTW students enjoyed the Automation and Robotics units in their classes and hungered for more. VEX Robotics Competition was the answer.  The founding students formed two teams.  The talented group managed to win a tournament and advance to the State Championship as a fledgling program. The following year, a school Robotics curriculum was proposed and adopted and the Porta-Botz! were mainstream.  Fast-forward nine years and the program has flourished beyond all expectations to achieve: 13 World qualifying spots, a State and National Title, 2 time Indiana State Runner Up, 2-time Indiana Excellence Award winners, 2-time Indiana Design Award recipients, 2-time CREATE US Open China Cup Champions, National Amaze Award winners, 2-timet US Midwest Regional Excellence winners, National Design Champions, 4-time World Award recipients (Create, Community, Innovate, and Sportsmanship Awards), given Keys to the City and Grand Marshalled the 4th of July parade.   None of this would have been a reality if not for the Community who has vigorously backed "The Porta-Botz!"

Meet the Teams:

​High School

About the Porta-Botz! & the VEX Robotics Challenge

We are the "porta-botz!"

Portage Indiana Scholastic Robotics fields several high school and middle school, extra-curricular, competitive robotics teams.  Students engineer solutions to the current VEX Robotics World Challenge.  Our award winning program is comprised of young men and women, each with unique talents, who come together in specific roles to achieve excellence.  The "Porta-Botz!" compete in local, state, national and world-level tournaments and are ambassadors of the Portage community, promoting STEM and Robotics Education. ​​