Southeast Sponsoring Sixth Annual High School Robotics Tournament

robotCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 23, 2014 –Southeast Missouri State University is sponsoring the sixth annual FIRST Technology Challenge robotics competition, one of the largest qualifying events in the state, Jan. 3 at the Show Me Center.

The competition is slated for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition is an event in which teams of high school students compete against other area teams after months of putting together and programming robots. This year, more than 100 high schools from 15 different countries are competing, with the ultimate goal of making it to the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

Spectators can look forward to the head-to-head competitions that will start around noon. For younger children interested in robotics, there also will be a display for the FIRST Lego League around noon. A major difference between these robots and the larger FTC robots is that they are built entirely from LEGO pieces. Information will be available at the event for those wishing to start their own FIRST Lego League teams. These competitions typically start at the beginning of the school year and end with a tournament in November.

The Department of Polytechnic Studies at Southeast, which is hosting the event, has a significant need for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering must sign up beforehand by emailing bdeken@semo.edu for more information.

The event is free to attend and open to the public.