Middle-Schoolers Rock at UML Robotic Revolution

11/23/2004
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

Saturday - Nov. 27

2 to 7 p.m.

 

WHAT: Young inventors from 15 middle school teams will compete in a FIRST Lego League robotics tournament hosted by UML's Francis College of Engineering - the only one in northeastern Massachusetts.

 

FIRST Lego League is the middle school version of the FIRST Robotics program founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. The Lego League challenge, 'No Limits,' was announced in September. Teams had to design, build and program robots that can complete missions to help the disabled, such as climbing stairs, identifying the correct bus stop sign, opening gates, putting food on a table, and more.

 

The robots must be programmed to function independently, with no remote control. At Saturday's tournament, points will be awarded for missions completed in two and one-half minutes and teams have three tournament rounds to try to advance to the final eight, then the final four.

 

The Robotic Revolution tournament is sponsored and hosted by UML's engineering K-12 outreach program, directed by Doug Prime, that includes the renowned summer Design Camp, after-school Design Lab, Introduction to Engineering course for teachers, the high school Assistive Technology Fair and other outreach services.

The mentors for the Bishop Guertin team in Nashua N.H. are providing support with technical advice and 20 volunteers to staff the event.

 

WHERE:     Costello Gym, UML North

                        2 p.m. - Opening Ceremonies

                        2:35 p.m. - Tournament Rounds

                        6 p.m. - Final Rounds

                        7 p.m. - Awards Ceremony

 

PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

 

From Massachusetts -

Boylston

Chelmsford

Hamilton

Lexington

Longmeadow

Northbridge

Reading

Southborough

Worcester (multiple teams)

 

From New Hampshire -

Amherst

Bedford

Nashua