Virginia Western Community College’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) along with its Engineering and Engineering Technology programs will host the 11th annual autonomous robot competition on Saturday in the college’s Humanities Building gym. The fun-filled event is free to attend and a crowd of robot and technology enthusiasts is expected.

This year’s competition theme is “Worker Bots.” Autonomous robots will transport honey (orange and white ping-pong balls) from the hive (track) to the corner pockets on the track under a time limit. Teams will present their designs in a science fair poster session from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Engineering and STEM judges from around the Roanoke Region and Virginia Western will grade each team. Then, at 10 a.m., the teams will demonstrate their robots in a series of five trials.  Forty-six teams plan to compete from local high schools and Virginia Western.

WHAT:     11th Annual Autonomous Robot Competition

WHEN:     8 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Dec. 2

WHERE:   Virginia Western Humanities Building

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