UAM STEM Center To Host Robotics Tournament February 21

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MONTICELLO — The STEM Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and VEX Robotics Education and Competition Foundation will host the first southeast Arkansasrobotics tournament February 21 at UAM’s John F. Gibson University Center.

tv_buzzworthy 10dbThe tournament is open to middle school and high school students who will compete against each other in robotic qualification matches and skills challenges. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the gymnasium of the University Center. All robots must pass inspection before competition begins at 10 a.m.

VEX robotics is a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program in which students build robots using VEX tools and computer programming. Toprepare for the competition, the students have designed and built robots that can quickly and efficiently solve specific obstacles and challenges on a 12-by-12 foot surface. The competition is designed to challenge both students’brainpower and teamwork skills.

Teams compete in matches consisting of a 20-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play, individual program skills and robot skills challenges.

Admission to the tournament is free and open to the public. For more information on the VEX Robotics Tournament call (870) 723-1335 or email SmithTerri@uamont.edu

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