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Press Release for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Students Compete in 16th Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 




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 16, on campus at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D. Seeding rounds begin at 9:45 a.m. and the double-elimination tournament starts at 1:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  


Local teams participating in this year’s tournament include Bishop Kenny, Douglas Anderson, First Coast, Fletcher, Peterson, Mandarin and Nease high schools, along with Landrum and Kirby Smith middle schools. 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 . 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.  


For more information about this event, contact Charles Winton, UNF computer science professor and Botball regional organizer, at (904) 646-2985 or at .