On March 22-24 Seattle will host 92 high school robotic teams and 2,500 students from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. This year they will play 3-on-3 basketball with remote controlled robots built in just 6 weeks. Teams will participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition Seattle Regional for an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork and more, as well as advance to the national FIRST Championship competition.
The event encourages students to engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education as they compete in a robotics basketball challenge using Microsoft’s KINECT technology. The public is invited to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams.
The 2012 “Rebound Rumble” robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match. Teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition Seattle Regional will vie for regional awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship on April 25-28 in St. Louis. The competition is part of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
Saturday, March 24th
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. - Opening ceremonies
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Qualifying matches
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Final rounds matches
4:45 p.m. – Awards and closing ceremonies
The event will take place at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S. in Seattle. Admission is free. Paid parking is available on the street or in the CenturyLink Field Event Center Parking Garage. More information is available at www.firstwa.org.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by FIRST® Robotics Competition.