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52 Baltimore City School Teams to Compete in Robotics Contest at Johns Hopkins


February 3, 2016
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman
Office: 443-997-9907; Cell: 410-299-7462
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WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. NOTE: Best times to view the robots in action are between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., or between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given out between 3:30 p.m. and 4 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 200 middle and high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will compete in the Hopkins Robotics Cup, the Baltimore City VEX and VEX IQ Robotics League championship event. This engineering challenge, which changes every year, is presented in the form of a game. With guidance from their teachers and mentors, students build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and skills challenges. The VEX Robotics Competition game for the 2016-2017 season is called VEX Starstruck. This event is played on a 12-foot-square field on which two alliances, each composed of two teams, compete in matches involving driver-controlled play. The VEX IQ Robotics Competition game for the 2016-2017 season is called VEX IQ Crossover. This is played on a 4-foot by 8-foot field on which two teams with driver-controlled robots must cooperate to score as many points as possible during a 60-second match.

Generally, students will compete in teams made up of two to four young people. (A complete list of participating Baltimore schools is posted below.) Johns Hopkins staff, faculty and student volunteers, along with City Schools employees and community members, will work together at the event in roles such as referee, judge and scorekeeper.

WHAT: This year, 52 teams representing 28 schools competed in three ranking sessions over the winter. On Saturday, these teams will compete for a final time at the Hopkins Robotics Cup to crown a League Champion for each division and to determine which teams will earn a spot at the Maryland State Championship. To determine winners, each robot on Saturday will participate in qualification and then elimination matches staged within the four competition fields set up within 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.

SUPERVISOR FOR THE EVENT: The tournament director is Margaret Hart. Her weekday office phone is (410) 516-4180. To reach her on the day of the event, her cell phone number is (617) 642-0023.

Competition rules can be viewed here:

http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexedr/competition/competition-resources with a video here: https://youtu.be/0t2zstQ84Tw

http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/competition/competition-resources with a video here: https://youtu.be/0iIv1WOSJSs

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

VEX IQ Schools:

Baltimore International Academy

Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy

Glenmount Elementary/ Middle

Highlandtown #237 Elementary/Middle School

John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School

Lyndhurst Elementary Community School

Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle

Monarch Academy

Mount Royal Elementary Middle School

New Song Academy

Rosemont Elementary/Middle School

Vanguard Collegiate Middle School

William Paca Elementary School

Woodhome Elementary Middle School


VEX Schools:

Baltimore IT Academy

Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West

Baltimore Design School

Baltimore International Academy

Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women

Calverton Elementary/Middle School

Frederick Douglass High School

Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School

Mount Royal Elementary Middle School

Digital Harbor High School

Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School

Reginald F. Lewis High School

REACH! Partnership School #341

Cross Country Elementary Middle School

Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle

Patterson Park Public Charter School

Patterson High School

New Song Academy

City Neighbors High School

Vanguard Collegiate Middle School #374


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