More than 250 middle and high school students from across New England are expected to participate in the 13th annual Savage Soccer robotics tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in the Campus Center Odeum. Student teams have had one month to design and build robots that, controlled by radio signals and at times operating autonomously, compete against other robots on a playing field to win a game. This year the game includes placing ping pong balls in the crater of "ballcano."
Established in 1995 as an outreach program, Savage Soccer helps middle and high school students learn about basic robotics principles and teamwork. The WPI student-managed tournament is hosted by Team 190 (the high school FIRST Robotics team sponsored by WPI and the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI).
The competition will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be a live webcast.
Through the generous sponsorship of SolidWorks, WPI alumni, and Intelitek, this all-day event is free for participants and spectators, and is open to the public. See www.wpi.edu/~savage for more information.