High School Robotics Tournament Scheduled for Feb. 2

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Jan. 28, 2014 – Forty-six area high school teams are scheduled to compete in the fifth annual FIRST Technology Challenge robotics competition Feb. 2 in Cape Girardeau.

This event will be the largest qualifying event in the state and, through the support of Southeast Missouri State University, will be held in the Show Me Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Head to head competitions will start around noon. The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a competition in which teams of high school students spend months putting together and programming robots to compete against other area teams. The competition at Southeast is one of more than 100 taking place in 15 countries with the ultimate goal of making it to the World Championship in St. Louis.

For younger youth interested in robotics, a FIRST Lego League (FLL) display will be available around noon. A major difference between these robots and the larger FTC robots is that they are built entirely out of LEGO pieces. Information will be available to those wishing to start their own FLL teams. These competitions typically start at the beginning of the school year and end with a tournament in November.

Questions about the competition may be directed to and more information is available from Brad Deken at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 651-2104 or bdeken@semo.edu.