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High School Students Design, Program Robots for Competition

February 3, 2004

More than 80 students from six high schools in Arlington and Mansfield will face off Saturday, February 7 at the University of Texas at Arlington to see who has built the fastest, smartest robot in a competition unique in North Texas.

The Computer Science and Engineering Department at UTA is sponsoring its fourth annual high school programming contest, called RoPro. Students use identical kits to build their robots, putting the focus of the contest on students’ programming skills to get the robots to achieve maximum performance at assigned tasks.

Students, working in 19 teams, will see if their robots can successfully race through mazes and retrieve objects on courses set up in the atrium of Nedderman Hall. Students have been working for weeks in their high school computer classes and after school, programming the robots to independently perform the tasks without human assistance.

“RoPro exposes high school students to the challenges of computer science and programming, mixed with the fun of competition,” said Dr. Carter Teirnan, UTA computer science and engineering professor and a coordinator for the event.

In last year’s programming contest, a team from Sam Houston High School captured both the maze and object retrieval competitions, a team from James Bowie High School won Best Engineering Design and a team from Arlington High School won Best Artistic Design.

The competitions will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Nedderman Hall, 416 Yates Street. It’s free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact Peggie Evans in the CSE Department, 817 272-1025.

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