Penn State York to host robotics competition Jan. 21

Penn State York will host the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) South Central PA Regional Qualifier, a robotics competition, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus. This is the second time the campus has hosted this competition. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to see Penn State York’s new engineering facility, the Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center, which opened in August.

Twenty-four teams with up to 10 members each from as far away as New York and as near as York Suburban High School and SciTech High School in Harrisburg are registered for the event. The “Bowled Over!” competition features a task-oriented robotics event where teams are asked to perform a variety of maneuvers with their robots.

The event in York is one of four qualifiers in Pennsylvania leading to the FTC PA State Robotics Championship at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., on Feb. 25. Teams that qualify from states will then proceed into the national championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 26-28.

Penn State York students, faculty, and staff will work as volunteers during the competition filling a variety of roles from judges to field tech advisors, scorekeepers, software inspectors and more. Throughout the competition teams are judged on their sportsmanship, performance of their robots, completion of tasks, following the rules, and a variety of other criteria. Students in grades 7-12 take part in the competition.

Marshall F. Coyle, associate professor of engineering at Penn State York, is the volunteer coordinator for the event, and has worked to fill the many positions necessary to make the competition possible.

“I am really excited about the FTC event. We had an outstanding event last year and our campus is a great place to have one of the qualifiers. Penn State York students, faculty and staff have really stepped-up to help,” said Coyle.

For more information, including an event schedule, visit online.


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Last Updated January 19, 2012