CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - On Saturday, January 30, a robotics competition will take place at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
The competition will bring together 23 teams each consisting of eight junior high and high school students from three different states, Missouri; Illinois; and Wisconsin, in an event that utilizes the STEM principles of science, technology, engineering and math.
It's a program from First Tech Challenge that aims to encourage and motivate students who express interests in any field related to the STEM principles.
The event will be held in the Transportation Education center on the Carbondale campus of SIU.
Each robot will be inspected and judged from 8 am to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, after which opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.
There will be two match times, the first from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the second from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. playoffs will begin, and awards will be presented at 5 p.m.
The winners of the event will be able to advance to the Illinois State FTC Championships, located at Elgin Community College, on February 27, and the winners of the Championships will be eligible to compete in the FTC World Championships from April 27-30 in St. Louis.
Around 400 people are expected to attend the event, including students, coaches, volunteers and parents.
More info concerning teams and any pre-event arrangements can be found by contacting Sue Kunzeman, one of the competition's coordinators, at 217-855-4643.