U Engineers Help Teenagers in Robotics Competition

Media and General Public Invited to March 13-15 Event

What:  Forty-eight robots created by almost 2,000 teenage engineers from nine western

U.S. states and Alberta, Canada, will compete at FIRST, the For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology regional robotics competition.

Cosponsored by the College of Engineering, the competition cultivates innovators
and engineers from 22 Utah high schools and 26 others from as far as Honolulu.

This year’s competition, “Aerial Assist,” is a volleyball-meets-soccer event. Two
robot alliances of three teams each vie to outscore each other during a two-and-a-half
minute bout. Winners qualify for the national championship April 23–26 in St.
Louis. For more information, please click here.

When: Thursday, March 13 – Setup day for robot inspections and practice rounds.
Friday, March 14 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Qualification matches.
Saturday, March 15 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Qualification matches and final rounds.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Awards ceremony.

Where: Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, Utah.
Media passes will be available at the onsite volunteer sign-in table.

Media Contacts For This Story

associate professor of mechanical engineering
Office Phone: 801-587-7771
Email address: mark.minor@utah.edu
regional director, FIRST
Cell Phone: 208-709-5076
Email address: randerson@usfirst.org
administrative program coordinator, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office Phone: 801-581-3605
Email address: deb.williams@utah.edu
public relations associate, College of Engineering
Office Phone: 801-585-7499
Cell Phone: 414-207-7481
Email address: paul.garcia@utah.edu