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Dec. 2: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Hosts Robot Competition


Byron Spice                            

Anne Watzman

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Hosts Robot Competition

Event:  More than 1,000 area middle-school students will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking and teamwork as they pit their customized robots against each other in the "Climate Connection" Challenge. The event is part of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), an international program for 9- to 14-year-old children created in partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group. Since September, 72 teams of students have been researching climate change and programming their robots to undertake missions related to greenhouse gases, wildlife and the changing climate. Teams also will have the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Open Championship at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, May 7-9.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. The awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), 10 40th Street, Lawrenceville. To reach the NREC, take 40th Street to Foster Street, which is situated between the Butler Street intersection and the 40th Street Bridge. Once on Foster Street, immediately turn left onto 40th Street (which parallels the bridge), proceed two blocks and cross the railroad tracks.

For interviews on site, please contact Robin Shoop, director of the Robotics Academy, or Norman Kerman, education coordinator. For results afterward, please contact Kerman at 412-656-5673.