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2011 RoboFest to be held at Butcher Center

By Staff | Jan 21, 2011

The Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at Shepherd University will host the 2011 ShepRobo Fest robotics competition on March 26 and 27 at the Butcher Center.

Part of the funding for the competition came from an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant recently received to promote the department.

So far, the competition has drawn the attention of local high schools and technical schools.

The competition will include three events for various age groups. The first event, the Firefighting Robot Contest, will be held for middle school through college-aged students. Event two, the Mech-Warfare Contest, is open to participants of all ages, and event three, the Lego League, will be held for students in grades 4 through 8.

SU’s Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will create the arena for the Mech-Warfare competition, partnering with Patrick Wallace, theater technical director.

This nationwide competition is the only competition with this diversity on the east coast.

“We hope that this will bring economic development for the area and attract more computer sciences and engineering students, as well as retain current students to help them successfully graduate,” said Seung-yun Kim, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, in a press release.

Registration is free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to register early due to limited teams and seats available.

A registration form is available at www.shepherd.edu/cmeweb/srf. Contact Kim at skim@shepherd.edu or 304-876-5017 for more information.