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2019 Samtec Derby Festival Foundation Robotics Tournament returns this Saturday

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February 28, 2019. Louisville, KY. – Get ready to ROBORUMBLE! The 2019 Samtec RoboRumble Regional Robotic Tournament returns this Saturday, March 2, at Marion C. Moore High School. The tournament hosted by the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools challenges students and teams to design, build and compete with robots. The competition begins at 9 AM with the awards ceremony following at 3 PM.

“Samtec is proud to once again sponsor the KDF Foundation RoboRumble Robotic Tournament,” said John Hynes, Director of Product Marketing. “We are committed to supporting STEM programs that will encourage and develop the next generation of engineers, programmers and technicians.”

This is Samtec’s second year as title sponsor of the event. Their 32-ft-long Maker Mobile will also be on site for the students to experience. The mobile makerspace contains CNC equipment – laser cutters, 3D-printers, and more – to help educate and inspire future innovators.

The 2019 RoboRumble will include four events:

  • RXC Robotics Challenge requires teams to program their robot to solve specific challenges within time restraints.
  • Sumobot Competition is a double-elimination tournament. In each round, two robots will attempt to remove or disable one another while remaining on an elevated circular platform.
  • Live Programming event involves on-the-spot programming. Teams are given multiple tasks at the competition, they then have two hours to build or program their robot to successfully complete those tasks.
  • Robotic Usage has students focus on creating a robot under one of two functions; either it is a transformation of another item or it transforms the way one would perform a task.

“The tournament is a great opportunity to see how students are using 21st Century and programming skills to design, build and compete with robots,” said Suzanne Wright, to JCPS K-12 Director of Academic Project Management.

The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event is sponsored by Samtec, joined by Contributing Sponsor Messer Construction; and coordinated by Jefferson County Public Schools.

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