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Alabama Robotics Competition

Competition Date: April 8, 2017 (pre-registration deadline March 3, 2017, or until full)

Registration is now closed...please write to gray@cs.ua.edu if you would like to be placed on a waiting list (a few openings may emerge before the contest).

Come test your computer programming skills and compete with other Alabama students for cool prizes! A fun day is planned with educational experiences, food and social activities. The Alabama Robotics Competition is an event where students write programs that navigate their robot across a series of obstacle courses. Awards will be given out in several categories across multiple grade levels (elementary school, middle school, and high school).

Visit the Past Events page to view photos, contest problems, and other results from 2016 event and previous competitions.

Special Keynote Speaker: Brook Osborne from Code.org! (See Schedule for more details)

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Why another robotics competition?

There are several excellent robotics competitions that already exist, such as the popular BEST Robotics events in Alabama and the world-wide FIRST Lego League competitions. This new contest complements these other events by filling in missing gaps of participation. After hearing from various K-12 teachers, it has been observed that a competition is needed in Alabama that met the following goals:

  • A competition that is open to all grades in K-12.
  • An event in the Spring that offers students studying robotics additional activities to pursue throughout the entire school year (rather than just a Fall focus).
  • An emphasis on programming skills, resulting in autonomous robot control, rather than a robot that is maneuvered by a remote control. Points are scored in this new competition based on the clever solutions of student programs, rather than the skill of a teammate with a remote control.
  • A registration fee that is affordable - only $25 per participant (several Lego competitions have registration, fees, and kit costs over $1,000).

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Other Events in the Department: 2017 Summer Camp

The Department of Computer Science is also hosting a week of dorm/commuter camp for high school. The camp is focused on learning computer science topics and how to program in Java using various project-based activities. More information about the 2017 Summer Camps is available here.

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors for providing support to the Robotics Contest:


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