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Embry-Riddle to Host Florida Robotics Championship, Award $20,000 Scholarships

Daytona Beach, FL, January 29, 2014

Embry-Riddle to Host Florida Robotics Championship Award 20000 Scholarships

A student team competes in the 2013 FIRST Technical Challenge at the Daytona Beach Campus.

Embry-Riddle will host the Florida finals of the FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) at its Daytona Beach, Fla., campus on Saturday, Feb. 1, welcoming nearly two dozen teams of students in grades 7-12 from around the state who will compete with robots they’ve designed, built and programmed.

Twelve students competing will receive scholarships totaling $20,000 per student over the course of four years for enrollment at one of Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses in Daytona Beach or Prescott, Ariz.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge requires students to develop strategies based on sound engineering principles and then apply them in constructing robotic devices that demonstrate both driver and autonomous controlled behavior. 

Guided by mentors, the FTC competitors gain experience in problem solving, teamwork, communication, project management and professionalism.

“We’re thrilled to host the FTC Florida finals for the third year,” said Dr. Charles Reinholtz, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. “Through the varied activities of the competition process the students learn that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are not only fun and rewarding but are also proven paths to successful careers.”

The top teams emerging from the FTC tournament at Embry-Riddle will advance to the super-regional event to be held Feb. 26-28, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to scholarships, Embry-Riddle will support the Florida finals by fielding dozens of faculty and student volunteers at the tournament. Rockwell Collins is also a major sponsor of the event.

Members of the public are invited to attend all of the following FTC competition activities this Saturday at the ICI Center on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.

6:30 a.m.Volunteers Arrive
7 a.m.Team Check-in Begins and Pit Opens
7:20 a.m.Team Judging Presentations Begin
7:45 a.m.Robot Hardware and Software Inspection Begin
9:20 a.m.Drive Team Meeting at Competition Playing Fields
9:30 a.m.Hardware and Software Inspection Ends
10 a.m.Opening Ceremony
10:30 a.m.Qualification Matches Start
NoonLunch Break for Teams and Volunteers
1 p.m.Qualification Matches Resume
3 p.m.Qualification Matches End
3:15 p.m.Alliance Selection for Elimination Matches
4 p.m.Elimination Matches Begin
5:30 p.m.Awards Ceremony
6 p.m.Tournament Ends

For more information, go to
www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Florida_Championship.html.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Mary Van Buren, Assistant Director of Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-6525; mary.van.buren@erau.edu.

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