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.
Forty-eight student teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
Friday, May 9: 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 10: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Harrington Auditorium, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.
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.