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Register to vote before VA Democratic primary

The 2020 Virginia Democratic Primary takes place March 3 as one of 14 presidential primary contests scheduled on Super Tuesday. The Virginia Primary is an open primary, wherein any registered voter can vote, regardless of party registration.

You can register to vote on campus Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Thursday, Feb. 6. The League of Women Voters of the Roanoke Valley will provide registration materials and answer your questions at a table on the third floor of Webber Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The League is a nonpartisan organization that encourages active and informed participation in government.

Learn more about registering at the Virginia Department of Elections website: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/

VWCC announces Local Advisory Board meetings for January

Virginia Western Community College announces that it will host its full Local Advisory Board meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the college’s Natural Science Center. The meeting is open to the public. Individuals interested in attending are asked to contact Amy Balzer at abalzer@virginiawestern.edu to confirm attendance and ensure the necessary space.

The Finance Committee of the Local Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the President’s Conference Room (F115) in Fishburn Hall. Please contact Amy Balzer for questions or to confirm attendance. 

VWCC to host autonomous robot competition on Saturday

Virginia Western Community College’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) along with its Engineering and Engineering Technology programs will host the 13th annual autonomous robot competition from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the college’s Humanities Building gym. More than 20 teams comprised of high school and college students from the area will be putting their robots to the test. The fun-filled event is free to attend and a crowd of robot and technology enthusiasts is expected.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Hockey Skirmish for Southerners.” The semi-annual competition is based upon the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) national robotics competition. The 2020 ASEE competition will be held in Montreal, Canada, which is known for hockey.

In this year’s competition, autonomous robots will search for plastic pucks and attempt to shoot goals past an electronic goalie. Student teams have been hard at work all semester preparing their ice skating magic. The competition consists of a Science Fair presentation to local engineering and STEM related judges and then riveting robot hokey demonstrations.

The challenge offers a hands-on learning activity as students must create a design, perform 3D modeling, budget and order parts, assemble their robots, complete multiple test trials and troubleshoot software bugs. The excitement of competition day is that anything and everything can happen.

WHAT: 13th Annual Autonomous Robot Competition
WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
WHERE: Virginia Western Humanities Building Gym