UNA to Host Robotics Competition

February 10, 2018
by Staff Reports

From UNA:

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama will host the 2018 UNA Robotics Competition, Saturday, Feb 24., from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., in Flowers Hall on UNA’s campus.

This will be the first time UNA has hosted an event like this, which will feature more than 200 students on 45 teams from more than 20 schools and three states.

“Coding is the language of our world,” said Lee Brownell, AMSTI specialist and event coordinator.  “Nearly everything you interact with on a daily basis is computer controlled.  We all need to know more about how and why they work.  Also, the skills students learn while coding can improve their learning in other areas,” he said.

To compete, teams must bring their own robots, which have to fit in a 13x13x13 inch cube.  Teams will then compete in three fields, each with a different puzzle.  Teams are unaware of the puzzles until the actual competition.

Each team has three hours to score as many points as possible, with 90 seconds on each station.  Students can retry any field as many times as they want, within the three-hour time limit.  Additionally, the robot must be autonomous.

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