2008-2009

WPI to Host FIRST LEGO League Robotics State Championship

WPI will host on Saturday, Dec. 20 the 8th annual RoboNautica, the official state championship robotics tournament of FIRST LEGO League, which showcases the talents of hundreds of children ages 9-14 from across Massachusetts and the Northeast. The event will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium.

8th Annual RoboNautica Tournament on Dec. 20 is open to Elementary and Middle School Students

Please note

For information regarding possible cancellations due to weather, please visit www.wpi.edu/+robonautica.  A decision regarding delay, postponement, or cancellation will be made by 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Please direct delay- or cancellation-related questions to Colleen Shaver, WPI manager of robotics initiatives, by emailing colleen@wpi.edu or by calling 508-831-6750.

What

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) is hosting the 8th annual RoboNautica, the official state championship tournament of FIRST LEGO League (FLL), which showcases the talents of hundreds of children ages 9-14 (tomorrow’s engineers and scientists) from across Massachusetts and the Northeast. With the theme of “Climate Connections,” this year’s tournament is made possible by a generous gift from Raytheon Network Centric Systems. Through RoboNautica and several other annual robotics-related events, WPI has become New England’s proving ground for hundreds of would-be robotics champions.

With six competition table-pairs, the action at RoboNautica is non-stop from the first match to the exciting elimination finals. Teams will set their autonomous robots in motion to accomplish simulated tasks such as elevating a house, building levees, and conducting research in the Arctic. For the first time this year, all participating teams qualified for RoboNautica through their successful performance at one of six regional tournaments held throughout the state. A total of 64 teams (up from 48 last year) will compete; two of the top competitors will receive invitations to attend the FLL World Festival in Atlanta; another top team will be invited to attend the FLL U.S. Open in Ohio.

When

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where

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

More Info

For more information about RoboNautica, visit: www.wpi.edu/+robonautica.

December 12, 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