March 19, 2013
The National Robotics Challenge promotes innovation and helps stimulate creativity in students using robotic technology. Students from 70 schools across nine states will compete April 11-13 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Marion, Ohio, in one of the few open-platform educational competitions.
Aspiring engineers in elementary, middle, and high school, as well as postsecondary school, will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing, controls, robotics, and other technologies through 12 competitive engineering contests. Each contest is designed to help students develop creativity, engineering, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
Schools participate for a nominal fee and are not required to buy a specific kit. Corporate sponsorship has been provided by Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. and the SME Education Foundation.
For the second year, the NRC has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory on the Rescue Robot competition. One team from this event will be chosen to work with the Air Force Research Laboratory and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emergency response team to develop their design further into an autonomous/semiautonomous rescue robot prototype. The selected team will receive additional funding to purchase the materials needed to develop the prototype.