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Media Advisory: 34 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete Saturday, April 5, in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins

April 3, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: 443-997-9907
Cell: 410-299-7462

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014. NOTE: Best times to view the robots in action are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Awards will be given 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, Md.

WHO: More than 100 middle and high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the Baltimore City VEX Robotics Championship competition. For the event, a new engineering challenge is presented each year in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots to score the most points in qualification matches, elimination matches and skills challenges. The VEX Robotics Competition game for the 2013-2014 season is called “VEX Toss Up.” It is played on a 12-foot-square field where two alliances, composed of two teams each, compete in matches involving driver-controlled play.

Student teams generally are made up of two to four young people. (A complete list of participating Baltimore schools is posted below.) Johns Hopkins staff, faculty and students, along with City Schools employees and local community members, will volunteer at the event in a variety of roles, such as referees, judges and scorekeepers. This event was made possible by financial support from The Abell Foundation, AAI Textron Systems and T. Rowe Price. 

WHAT: Students from seven Baltimore City middle schools and 10 Baltimore City high schools have been building robots using VEX Robotics educational products. Each robot must be no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches. At the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the 34 teams from City Schools will compete for the middle school or high school division championship titles. To determine winners, each robot on Saturday will participate in qualification and then elimination matches staged within the four competition fields set up in the Goldfarb Gym. 

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

MEDIA CONTACT FOR THE EVENT: Member of the news media who need more information may contact Christine Newman, assistant dean for engineering education outreach. Her weekday office phone number is (410) 516-4473. To reach her on the day of the event, her cell phone number is (301) 518-1076. 

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

Competition rules can be viewed here: http://www.vexrobotics.com/wiki/index.php/Toss_Up


Participating Baltimore City Schools

(Some schools will send more than one team.)

Middle schools:

Arlington Elementary Middle School

Ashburton Elementary Middle School

Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy

Lakeland Elementary Middle School

Highlandtown Elementary Middle School

James McHenry Elementary Middle School VIP Afterschool Program

Patterson Park Public Charter School


High schools:

Baltimore City College

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

Coppin Academy High School

Digital Harbor High School

Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology

Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences

Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School

Patterson High School

WEB Dubois High School



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