Robotics competition coming to Montana Tech

2013-11-07T15:15:00Z Robotics competition coming to Montana Tech Montana Standard
November 07, 2013 3:15 pm

Montana Tech will host the Tech Challenge Robotics Competition on Saturday, Nov. 16.

It’s designed for high-schoolers who want to compete head-to-head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12’ x 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams.

Robots are built using a TETRIX(r) platform that is reusable from year-to-year using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

The event will be held in the HPER complex. Montana Tech is one of two qualifier sites for a total of 36 teams participating in the 2013-2014 FTC Montana State Championship Tournament. The qualifying tournaments will determine eligibility to compete in the state championship event in Bozeman in January.

The high-school competitors get to:

* Design, build, and program robots.

* Apply real-world math and science concepts.

* Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills.

* Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments.

* Earn a place in the World Championship.

* Qualify for nearly $10 million in college scholarships.

This is the second consecutive year that Montana Tech has hosted this event. The public is welcome to attend. Admission is free.

"We’re excited to host this event and are looking forward to meeting the teams. At present, there are nine teams from high schools around the state signed up for this qualifier event, so we expect it to be very exciting," said Michele Van Dyne, associate professor, computer science department.

The schedule of events includes:

Team Check-In 7:00am - 9:00am

Software and Hardware Inspections 8:00am - 10:00am

Drivers Meeting 10:00 am - 10:15

Qualification Rounds (Competitions Start) 10:15am - 3:00pm

For more information, contact Van Dyne at 406-496-4855 or Bryce Hill, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, at 406-496-4752.

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