Robotics competition held at OSU


CORVALLIS, Ore. – One of the qualifying events for the First Tech Challenge, a robotics competition for Oregon high school students, will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at Oregon State University.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus.

Teams of up to 10 students each will attend the competition with robots they have designed, built and programmed from a Tetrix robotics kit. Robots can navigate autonomously with sensors, manipulate small objects and travel over uneven surfaces. The program is designed to help students gain skills and interest in science, technology and engineering.

“These are just the sort of students we want to recruit at OSU,” said Jonathan Hurst, a robotics expert and assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. “Motivated and excited about engineering.”

More information about the event and competition can be obtained on the web at ortop.org/ftc, or at the university’s web site, http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/news/story/2745