Wednesday, October 24, 2012

'Bayshore Bot Blast' a robotic Saturday

What's a bot blast?
Find out Saturday morning at Bayshore High School, which will host the “Bayshore Bot Blast."
It's a VEX Robotics competition featuring more than 30 student teams from high schools and middle schools around the state. At least four are expected from Manatee County.
VEX Robotics competitions require students to design and build functional robots to perform particular tasks. This year's competitions -- the “VEX Sack Attack” -- call on students to design robots that can pick up cloth sacks and deposit them in specific scoring areas on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field.
Saturday’s VEX Robotics competition can qualify students for national and world competitions.
Teams will be coming from as far away as Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as well as Tampa, Brandon and other areas.
Former NASA shuttle launch director Michael Leinbach will be a featured guest judge. He is presently director of human spaceflight operations at the United Launch Alliance, headquartered in Centennial, Colo.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. with competition set to begin 10 a.m. and the event will conclude with an awards ceremony at approximately 5 p.m.
For more details, call Bayshore High health, applied science and engineering teacher Martha Jane Proulx at 941-751-7004, ext. 2078.
The school is at  5401 34th St. W., Bradenton.

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