WHAT: More than 50 schools from across Arizona, from middle and high school to colleges and universities, will meet in Prescott on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to compete for the AIA/Barret Foundation VEX Robotics Championship. The assembled teams of students, five to eight per team, are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field to see which design reigns supreme.
In addition to inspiring future careers in the growing field of robotics, the competition seeks to teach students of all ages the technical knowledge required in robotics design and application, along with lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership and communications. Embry-Riddle’s student teams, of which there are three, hope to use this competition as a Launchpad for further participation in the VEX Robotics World Competition.
The event is free and open to media and the public.
WHERE: Activity Center and Eagle Gym at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, Ariz.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017.
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz.; online; and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv. For more about the Prescott Campus, follow on Twitter at @ERAU_Prescott and at facebook.com/ERAUPrescott.