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Students to participate in robotics tournament

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

Thirteen robotics teams from Lincoln County schools will compete in RoboLincoln this weekend.

CyberKids Robotics hosts the countywide tournament, a non-profit education program designed by creator Kathy Kent in 2004. According to Kent, the program assists schools in developing science, technology, engineering and math opportunities by providing self-sustaining robotics programs for schools. The local program consists of more than 3,800 students, primarily located in western North Carolina, with approximately eight students per team.

The Times-News previously reported on CyberKids Robotics last fall, as two Lincoln County schools were gearing up for the FIRST LEGO league competition held last November. The RoboLincoln tournament allows both elementary and middle school participants.

“The teams of fourth-eighth grade students have worked over the past seven months to design, build and program custom robots for the competition,” CyberKids Robotics Publicity Director Reba Downs said. “The students will have two minutes and 30 seconds to score as many points as possible.”

Downs stated that in addition to the robot runs, the students will also be competing in the areas of research project presentation and team work challenges. The robotics team with the best overall score will be awarded the RoboLincoln 2014 Champions Trophy.

The tournament will be held on Saturday at North Lincoln Middle School in Denver. Robot runs will begin at 12:15 p.m. and last until 1:45 p.m. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

 

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