2006-2007

WPI to Host 8th Annual BattleCry Robotics Competition on June 15-16


Students from 60 high schools around the Northeast will compete on June 15 and 16 in BattleCry@WPI 8, one of the largest robotics contests in New England. The competition, which is hosted by WPI and cosponsored by SolidWorks and BAE Systems, offers high school FIRST robotics teams the chance to test their skills and technical expertise in postseason competition.

What

Students from 60 high schools around the Northeast will compete in BattleCry@WPI 8, one of the largest robotics contests in New England. The competition, which is hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and cosponsored by SolidWorks and BAE Systems, offers high school FIRST robotics teams the chance to test their skills and technical expertise in postseason competition.

Who

Forty-eight student teams from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and the following Massachusetts cities and towns: Agawam, Boston, Bridgewater, Clinton, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Marlboro, Millis, Northboro, Norwell, Shrewsbury, Tewksbury, Walpole, West Springfield, Whitinsville, and Worcester.

When

Friday, June 15 – 5 to 9 p.m. (Qualifying Rounds)
Saturday, June 16 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (additional qualifying rounds in the morning; finals rounds in the afternoon)

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 solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Teams 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.

BattleCry uses a playing field and rules similar to FIRST's game, Rack 'n' Roll. In each match, two three-robot alliances, called Red and Blue, will attempt to score points by putting tubes on an eight-sided, three-level rack. Each level on the rack has eight positions teams may score on. Teams try to get their tubes in rows on the rack for points. The more tubes in a row the greater the point value. The robots compete first in a 15-second autonomous period, during which the robot control their own movements, followed by 120-second human-controlled period. At the end of the match, teams may earn additional points by lifting their alliance-member robots off the ground.

For more information, including the full schedule of events, visit the competition's Web site at www.wpi.edu/+battlecry; call 508-831-6122, or email battlecry@wpi.edu.

June 13, 2007

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