2007-2008

WPI to Host 9th Annual BattleCry Robotics Competition May 9-10

Students from 60 high schools around the Northeast will compete May 9 and 10 in BattleCry@WPI 9, one of the largest robotics contests in New England. The competition, held in WPI's Harrington Auditorium, offers high school FIRST robotics teams the chance to test their skills and technical expertise in postseason competition.

High School Students from Across Northeast to Compete in FIRST Event

A scene from the 2007 edition of BattleCry@WPI.

What

Students from 60 high schools around the Northeast will compete in BattleCry@WPI 9, one of the largest robotics contests in New England. The competition, which is hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and cosponsored by SolidWorks, BAE Systems, and FIRST, offers high school FIRST robotics teams the chance to test their skills and technical expertise in postseason competition.

Who

Forty-eight student teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

When

Friday, May 9: 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 10: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Harrington Auditorium, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

More Info

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational contest in which teams of professionals and young people build robots using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules, and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers.

In each BattleCry match, two three-robot alliances, called Red and Blue, will attempt to score points by completing counterclockwise laps around the field with their robots. Additional points may be scored by maneuvering large balls around the field. Extra points are awarded if the ball passes over a 6.5-foot-tall overpass while a robot completes a lap. Each match begins with a 15-second "robocoach" period, during which the robots must operate autonomously with limited input from a student "robocoach." At the end of the match, balls left on the overpass and robots stopped on designated bonus circles earn extra points.

For more information, including the full schedule of events, visit the competition's website, call +1-508-831-6122, or email battlecry@wpi.edu.

April 30, 2008

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu