May 18, 2011

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Forty-eight robotics teams from high schools throughout the Northeast will compete May 20-21 in the 12th annual BattleCry@WPI at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

BattleCry@WPI, cosponsored by WPI, SolidWorks, BAE Systems, and FIRST, offers FIRST robotics teams—fresh from the thrill of regular-season contests—the chance to put their seasoned robots and battle-hardened skills to use again in post-season competition. A high-energy showcase of innovation and creativity, the event provides young engineering and robotics enthusiasts with a venue to compete with their robots in exciting matches, obtain awards, and hone their technical skills. In all, 800 students and mentors from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will take part. Click here for the full list of teams and their hometowns.

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.

WPI, the only university in the nation to offer bachelor's, master's, and PhD programs in robotics engineering, sponsors a host of robotics competitions geared toward children ages 9-18. It also developed a robotics innovation competition for college students. In March, WPI was one of 48 locations around the world to host a regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Admission to BattleCry is free and open to the public. The event will be held 4:15 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20; and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in Harrington Auditorium.