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Dec. 1: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy To Host Robot Competition


Byron Spice                

Media Advisory:
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
To Host 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 "Smart Move" 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 programming robots as part of their research in the movement of people and information. Teams also will have the opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, April 14-17 in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

When: Competition is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The awards begin at 4 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), Ten 40th Street, Lawrenceville. To reach the NREC, take 40th Street to Foster Street, which is 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, Robotics Academy director, or Norman Kerman, education coordinator. For results afterward, please contact Kerman at 412-656-5673 or