Press Release for Thursday, March 11, 2010
Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
ready for a high-energy, high-tech educational experience as the Florida Regional
Botball Tournament heads to the University
of North Florida. Thirteen
teams from Florida and Georgia schools
will be competing Saturday, March 13, on campus at the new Student Union, Building
58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D.
Seeding rounds begin at
9:30 a.m. and the tournament starts at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to
Local teams participating in this year’s tournament include
Bishop Kenny, Douglas Anderson, Fletcher, Nease and Robert E. Lee high schools,
along with Landrum Middle School and St. Joseph
Academy in St. Augustine.
The tournament is the concluding event for a seven-week
educational robotics program featured in 13 different regions across the
country, providing students and teachers alike with the opportunity to work with
state-of-the-art robotics equipment not normally available to pre-college
students. The competition challenges students to design and build autonomous
robots whose performance and survival capabilities are demonstrated in a unique
Botball game that changes each year.
scores include not only tournament performance but also the quality of on-line
documentation each team prepares as part of the Botball program. The Florida region has been
hosted by UNF since 1997 under the sponsorship of the UNF College of Computing,
Engineering and Construction.
Botball Educational Robotics Programs are presented by
the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, a nonprofit organization dedicated
to linking people and technology through robotics. For more information, visit www.kipr.org.