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Robots Rule at UMass Lowell Saturday


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WHAT: Inventors, young and old, will push the limits of robotics at a festival, Botfest, and a competitive tournament, Botball, on Saturday at UMass Lowell.  Botfest, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is an exhibition of interactive and build-it-yourself robots, and demonstrations of creations by students from fourth grade to adult.  From 1 to 4 p.m., high-spirited, fast-paced competition is the scene at Botball, one of the regional competitions under the auspices of the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics.

WHERE:  UMass Lowell Campus Recreation Center, Pawtucket Street, Lowell

WHY : At the Second Annual New England Botfest, participants of all ages will demonstrate their robotic creations.  Robots may sing, make and deliver tea, engrave portraits, play chess or calculate the speed of a spinning wheel.

            For the 2003 Massachusetts Regional Botball Tournament, seeding rounds are from 10 a.m. to noon, when the robots show off their individual capabilities, while the head-to-head, double-elimination rounds run until the 4 p.m. award ceremonies.  The competition showcases autonomous robots, designed and built by students, which play games that involve putting balls into scoring position.

At least 16 elementary and high schools from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are sending teams to Botfest or Botball.

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