Press Release for Monday, March 5, 2012
Students Compete in 15th Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF
Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
Get ready for a high-energy, high-tech educational experience as the Florida Regional Botball Tournament heads to the University of North Florida. Teams from Florida schools and as far away as Zimbabwe will be competing Saturday, March 10, on campus at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D.
Seeding rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and the double-elimination tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Local teams participating in this year’s tournament include Bishop Kenny, Douglas Anderson, Fletcher and Nease high schools, along with Landrum Middle School. Two of the teams in this year’s event are from Zimbabwe.
The tournament is the concluding event for a seven-week educational robotics program featured in 17 different regions across the country and abroad, 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.
Team 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
For more information about this event, contact Charles Winton, UNF computer science professor and Botball regional organizer, at (904) 646-2985 or at