Attention, future Denver space industry engineers and robotics enthusiasts of all ages!
If you find yourself near Loveland on Saturday, November 6th, please check out the robotics EXPO at Loveland High School. Nearly 60 local elementary, middle school, and high school teams will compete in two events: a VEX World Qualifier event and the largest FIRST LEGO League scrimmage in Colorado.
The VEX event features twenty-one middle/high school robotics teams competing in a multi-match format. Each match pits randomly selected two team alliances against each other (four robots per match). This challenging event involving multi-colored rings and ladders will prepare the robotics teams for competition in the Colorado VEX Championship on February 5, 2011.
For younger students, the FIRST LEGO League offers a challenge that introduces elementary and middle school children into the wonderful - and sometimes zany - world of robotics. Thirty-eight teams will compete in the LEGO challenge this year for the chance to win trophies in three catagories: Robot performance, presentation, and design. The competition will take place on a 4-by-8 foot table. Teams construct their robots from enhanced LEGO kits containing motors and sensors.
While the friendly competitions bring the students and spectators together, many other free exhibits at the EXPO will enhance the experience. According to Ken Rayment at Action Works Robotics, eleven current exhibitors include "Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Banner Health simulation robotic mannequin, Underwater Robots from MATE, Robotic Dog from Road Narrows, Hydrobot computer simulator for an Antarctica underwater robot, Lost in Space exhibit, firefighting competition robot, BEST robotics competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Challenge robots."
The Thompson School District sponsors the event. They recommend that spectators arrive between 12:00 and 4:00 pm. Concessions revenue supports the Loveland High School robotics club.