Virginia Western hosts robot hockey competition for STEM students


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As we speak, more than 20 teams of local high school and college students are battling their bots at Virginia Western Community College’s 13th Annual Autonomous Robot Competition.

The competition — which is hosted by VWCC’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and its Engineering and Engineering Technology programs — allows students make a Science Fair presentation to local engineers and STEM related judges before putting their robots to the test.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Hockey Skirmish for Southerners”, which will require robots to search for plastic pucks and score points against an electronic goalie.

According to the school, this competition teaches students hands-on learning as they “create a design, perform 3D modeling, budget and order parts, assemble their robots, complete multiple test trials and troubleshoot software bugs.”

The 13th Annual Autonomous Robot Competition will take place from started at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and ends at 11:30 a.m. at the Virginia Western Humanities Building gym.


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