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ASU to Host Region 15 Robotics Contest

October 30, 2012

Hundreds of elementary and secondary school students will descend on Angelo State University for the Education Service Center (ESC) Region 15 Robotics Contest on Monday, Nov. 5, in the ASU Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

Students from schools in ESC Region 15 will compete in two divisions.  Division I will be students in grades 9-12 and Division II will be students in grades 4-8.  The contest will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with separate morning and afternoon sessions, and is open free for public viewing.  The best viewing times will be at 7:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. when contestants will perform walk-throughs to prepare for judging.

Participating students use the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit to design, collaborate, construct, assemble, present and compete to see who has developed the smartest robot.  The contests vary based on strategies that involve speed, accuracy, and sensing objects and light.  A programmable robot is limited only by the imagination of its inventor.

In the Arena Contests, student teams will each program a robot to complete specific tasks within a two-minute time limit. There will also be open-ended Invention Contests where student teams will use marketing, programming, writing, construction and presentation skills to build a robot that solves a problem of their choice.

ESC Region 15 serves 49 school districts in West and Southwest Texas.  Its headquarters are located in San Angelo at 612 S. Irene St.

For more information, contact ESC Region 15 representative Traci Terrill at traci.terrill@netxv.net.