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Local schools invited to build robots with Southeast MO State University

By Lauren Keith - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Want to start a new club at your high school for little to no cost?

Southeast Missouri State University and the WIRED Initiative of the Workforce Investment Board and the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast has a plan.

The pair is reaching out to local schools inviting them to form teams of students. The teams will receive robotic kits in which they'll learn how to build their own and compete against other schools in the process.

The competition had nearly 1000 teams take part last year in locations throughout the United States, including St. Louis.  Participating schools obtain a kit of parts, which they must use to design and build a robot that can accomplish the competition objectives.  These objectives will be distributed September 12 for the competition in December at St. Louis.  The competition is meant to be an extracurricular activity for teams of 4-10 students.

WIRED will be providing financial support for the competition, covering a participating high school's registration fees, the cost for the competition's robot kit, and some additional costs up to about $200 (for a total contribution of up to $1500 per school).  This represents the vast majority of the costs for the competition.  Southeast will be providing organizational and technical assistance for the high schools, which includes providing workshops on the robot kits, supporting the formation of teams, and finding project mentors.

Interested faculty/staff or industrial representatives can attend an information session to learn more about the competition and the support provided.  The information sessions will be held at regional centers in Cape Girardeau, Park Hills, Portageville, and Poplar Bluff on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.  The information sessions will allow you to assess if this is a good fit for your school before you commit to this program.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, Aug. 7.  Call Janet Witter at (573) 334-0990 at janet@job4you.org or John Dudley at (573) 576-2741.

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