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Monday, February 22, 2010
Vex Robotics Competition

The Liberty University School of Engineering and Computational Sciences (SECS) will host a VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the 8,500-seat Vines Center on campus. The event is open to any team of high school students within Lynchburg’s Region 2000, which includes all high school aged students from public, private, and Christian high schools, home school students, and particular organizations directed at high-school aged youth.

·         The tentative schedule for the event is as follows:
·         8 – 9 am Check-in with light snacks
·         9 am – noon Qualifying rounds
·         Noon – 1 pm Lunch provided
·         1 – 2 pm Qualifying rounds
·         2 – 4:15 pm Final rounds
·         4:30 pm Awards Ceremony
·         5 pm End of event
 
The event will adopt the rules for the VEX Clean Sweep competition, which can be found at (www.vexrobotics.com/vex-clean-sweep.shtml). The animation at the website provides a general idea of the nature of the competition. The competition will only use robots operated by remote control – there will be no programming of robots.
 
We plan to have a total of 30 teams, with a limit of no more than two teams from any particular organization. Only the standard VEX registration fee of $75 will be assessed. Any second team from the same institution is only assessed $25. All registered teams will receive a welcome kit, which includes practice objects, robot license plates, and a robot boot camp DVD. Robots can be built from any single or combination of VEX robot kits. However, all robots must be able to pass the Robot Inspection Guidelines and Robot Inspection Checklist specified for the event. Any teams needing a VEX robot kit to enter the competition can contact SECS to make arrangements. Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) also has VEX Robotics kits available.
 
The nature of this event is to instill an interest in robotics in a fun and exciting environment. Students who are novices are encouraged to participate and contact SECS to request a “mentor”. Each team should have an opportunity to participate in a minimum of six qualifying rounds.
 
Various awards will be given to the top teams, and numerous door prizes will be given. Up to six teams from this event qualify to register for the World Championship in Dallas, TX on April 22 – 24, 2010. Any teams who register early for the Liberty event qualify to register for the Mid-Atlantic VEX Championship Event at Westminster, MD on February 26 – 27, 2010.
 
For more information, please contact Kristine Halsey at 434-592-7150
 

 


 
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