Cara Cea, Manager of Public Information, Pace University, 914-906-9680, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Photos of robotics competitions are available at www.USFIRST.org
PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST F.I.R.S.T. TECH CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Blue and red robots will battle for control of balls to score in three goals
PLEASANTVILLE, NY, February 19, 2010 – The Hudson Valley FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics event for high school students will be hosted by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University this Sunday. This is the first time this popular, growing competition is being held in the lower Hudson Valley.
In this program, students between 14 and 18 years old design, build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT system, then use them to meet a challenge. This year’s challenge is a game called “HotShot!”
The game is played by four robots at a time on a 12 foot by 12 foot field. Robots form red and blue teams. Teams start on opposite sides of the field in spots designated by color coded squares, aiming for goal areas on and off the field. There are tall dispensers full of balls at each corner of the field with a board beneath each dispenser, angled toward the center of the field, making the balls roll in different directions. The robots try to score under the direction of the student teams.
A video of the HotShot game challenge kick-off can be viewed at www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/content.aspx?id=962&terms=HOT+SHOT
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: Pace University, Pleasantville, Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3.
This event is free and open to the public. Media admission by press pass.
High School students from the following areas will compete at Pace on Sunday:
Staten Island, NY
East Brunswick, NJ
Ft. Washington, PA
New York, NY
Teams of up to 10 students design, build, and program robots to compete in this sports-like event. Awards are given for competition as well as for research, community outreach and design. Teams typically compete in one or more regional tournaments and the best teams go on to the world championship held in Atlanta in April. Up to 48 teams compete at each event.
Pace hosted the regional FIRST LEGO League tournament for middle school aged children in grades 4-8 for several years. This is the first time Pace will host the FIRST tech challenge.
FTC is the newest and fastest-growing FIRST tournament. Last year, more than 1,000 teams participated nationwide. Participation is expected to be even greater this year.
There are scholarship opportunities for students who participate in FIRST, including one offered by Pace for those interested in studying computing in the Seidenberg school. For additional information regarding FIRST, FTC, and scholarship opportunities, visit: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/ or http://seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/.
For more information about Sunday’s tournament, go to www.seidenberg.pace.edu/FIRST/ or contact Bernice Houle at email@example.com or Richard Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, an entrepreneur and inventor who is best-known for inventing the Segway Scooter. The organization was established “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership” with the hope that they will be motivated to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
FIRST competitions include the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9-year-olds. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
About Pace University
For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
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