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Media Advisory: 36 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
May 1, 2013
(Office) 443-287-9960
(Cell ) 410-299-7462

Student-built robots will face off in various challenges on Saturday

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  NOTE: Best times to view the robots in action are between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Awards will be handed out between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

WHERE: In the Newton White Athletic Center on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

WHO: More than 100 Baltimore City Public middle and high school students will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the first Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship. A list of participating Baltimore schools is posted below.

WHAT: Thirty-six teams of students from nine Baltimore City middle schools and 11 Baltimore City high schools have been building robots using VEX Robotics educational products. Each robot must be no larger than 18 inches on each side.

Teams will participate in qualification and elimination matches. The engineering challenge, which changes every year, is presented in the form of a game. This year’s challenge is called the Sack Attack. With guidance from their teachers and mentors, students will use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in the qualification and elimination matches and Skills Challenges. The VEX system is intended to introduce students as well as adults to the world of robotics.

The event is supported financially by The Abell Foundation, AAI Textron Systems, AECOM, and T. Rowe Price.

WHY: The event, hosted by the Center for Educational Outreach at Johns Hopkins’ Whiting School of Engineering in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, is intended to increase the number of youth who pursue science, technology engineering and math education and careers, particularly women and underrepresented minorities.

SUPERVISOR FOR THE EVENT: Margaret Hart, the competition’s director, can be reached at 410-516-4180. To reach her on the day of the event, please call her cell phone at 617-642-0023.

More information about the competition can be found at this Web site: http://www.robotevents.com/the-hopkins-robotics-cup.html

Competition rules can be viewed here: http://www.vexforum.com/wiki/index.php/Sack_Attack

Videos of earlier VEX Robotics contests at other locations can be seen here:

Participating Baltimore City Public Schools (Some schools will send more than one team.)

Middle schools:
Cross Country Elementary Middle School
Curtis Bay Elementary Middle School
Francis Scott Key Elementary Middle School
Friendship Preparatory Academy @ Calverton
Highlandtown Elementary Middle School
Margaret Brent Elementary Middle School
Northeast Middle School
The Midtown Academy
Vanguard Collegiate Middle School

High schools:
Baltimore City College
Baltimore IT Academy
Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
Baltimore Talent Development High School
Digital Harbor High School
Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology
Heritage High School
Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences
Patterson High School
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
WEB Dubois High School
Western High School Robotics


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