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WEEKEND MEDIA ADVISORY: Robots That Dance—and Find ‘Tumors’

Maryland Students Will Enter Mechanical Movers in Contest at Johns Hopkins on April 27

April 25, 2013
Media Contact: Phil Sneiderman
Office: (443) 287-9960
Cell: (410) 299-7462
prs@jhu.edu

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Best times to videotape or photograph the robots are from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

WHERE: Charles Commons Conference Center, 33rd and North Charles streets, The Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore. Please use the 33rd street entrance.

WHO: Baltimore area high school and middle school students will enter their robots in the Johns Hopkins Robo-Challenge 2013.

WHAT: More than a dozen student teams from the Baltimore area will bring small autonomous robots to compete in various events during the competition, organized by Johns Hopkins graduate students from the university’s Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics. Contest events include slalom racing, mystery maze navigation, “tumor” detection, robot dancing and innovative use.

DETAILS: The Petite Slalom is a course in which robots travel from the starting point to the finish line while traveling through “gates.” In Mystery Maze, teams will arrive at the competition with no knowledge of what the course will be. The route will be some type of blind course that requires robotic sensors to maneuver. Also, teams will design an innovative and practical use for the Basic Stamp Board of Education kit (Boebot), or any other robotic kits in the Innovative Use competition. In the Search and Destroy event, teams will design and program their Boebots to find all the “tumors” (large white circles) at various unknown locations. In the Robot Dance contest, teams will program an original dance routine for their robot. The day will also include brief lectures from a prominent Johns Hopkins robotics researcher and current engineering college students. It will conclude with a tour of the state-of-the art laboratory for computational sensing and robotics. More information about the competition and rules are at https://www.lcsr.jhu.edu/Education/CISSRS/JHRC2013 .

WHY: The event’s goal is to stir the interest of middle and high school students in science and technology. This event is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association, Johns Hopkins Graduate Representative Organization, and the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics.

Media Contact for the Event: The event supervisor, Xingchi He, can be reached by email at jhurobocomp@gmail.com or by cell phone at 443-691-6739.

Some area schools that are participating in the Johns Hopkins Robo-Challenge 2013:

Saint Anselm’s Abbey
MMI Prep School
Garrison Forrest School
Northeast Middle School
MCEA Education Association
Stemmers Run Middle School
Loyola Blakefield
Burleigh Manor Middle School
Baltimore IT Academy
Richard Montgomery High School
Hope Chinese Middle School
Susquenita High School
Friends School of Baltimore

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