30 Districts to Participate in the 2012 Summer Botlympics Robotics Competition
Over 400 students and 146 teams will go head to head in “Botlympic” challenges during the Region 7 Education Service Center Robotics Competition, May 18, 2012.
2012 Summer Botlympics—The Botlympic Mission will allow students from Athens ISD, Big Sandy, Carthage ISD, Center ISD, Central Heights ISD, Diboll ISD, Gilmer ISD, Harleton ISD, Hemphill ISD, Lindale ISD, Longview ISD, Marshall ISD, Martins Mill ISD, Mt. Enterprise ISD, Murchison ISD, Nacogdoches ISD, Panola Charter, Pine Tree ISD, Rains ISD, Sabine ISD, San Augustine ISD, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Tenaha ISD, Union Grove ISD, Union Hill ISD, Wells ISD, Winona ISD, White Oak ISD, and Yantis ISD to put their creativity and problem solving skills to the test in this new competition.
Each team entered in the competition will represent a competing nation. Nations were selected based on the actual nations competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The student teams will enter robots made from elements found in the LEGO Mindstorms Education Kit.
During this new competition, middle school students will be judged on five Botlympic Events: Botlympic Flame, It’s a Takedown!, Table Tennis Anyone?, Soccer! Or is it football? Metal Ceremony, and Botlympic Marathon. Each event varies in the amount of points available for award.
Teams will compete in three rounds and scored individually each round; in the event of a tie, a run-off round will take place. Prior to the first round, each robot will be judged on overall appearance, originality, component placement, stability, cohesiveness, and technical design. These elements will determine the winner of the Overall Appearance and Engineer’s Choice Award. Robots brought to the contest must have been built and programmed entirely by the student team members. Teachers are not to assist students during the competition.
The invention process allows for creativity and productive thinking and is the force that drives future innovation. We live in a time where the growth of knowledge and technology is progressing exponentially. The students of today must be prepared to be the innovators of tomorrow to maintain this exponential growth.
The purpose of 2012 Summer Botlympics is to allow students an avenue for creative, productive thinking and to synthesize their thinking into a tangible idea that integrates invention with technology.
Robotics education provides students opportunities to experience authentic problem solving while conducting viable research. Moreover, through the implementation of the inventive process coupled with technology integration, students are afforded myriad opportunities to participate in deductive thinking and reasoning.
Area media and the community are urged to attend this exciting event, which will be held at LeTourneau University- Solheim Center, 2100 S Mobberly Avenue, Longview.
Photo opportunities are available. Students wearing stop signs cannot be photographed. Only first names of students may be used in publicity unless accompanied and permitted by parental guardian. Botlympics begins at 9:00 AM and the award ceremony will take place from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
For more information on this event contact Katie Chenoweth, Region 7 ESC Communications Coordinator, at (903) 988-6778.