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High School Students Take Part in Robotics Competition
High School Students Take Part in Robotics Competition

Robotics students from 10 Clark County School District (CCSD) schools will compete in the 2011 Las Vegas Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition that will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. The opening of competition will be at 9 a.m. each day. The event is free and open to the public.

The robotics competition immerses high school students in the world of design, engineering and technology and this competition requires students to collaborate with professional mentors to design and build a champion robot in just six weeks. The popularity of this event continues to grow as back in 2005, only three local high schools competed in this event. Participating local high schools include: Arbor View, Basic, Boulder City, Cimarron-Memorial, Clark, Coronado, Rancho, Southwest Career & Technical Academy and Valley. Cimarron-Memorial High School won both the 2007 regional event and the world championship title.

This weekend's event will be hosted by National Security Technologies and the Howard Hughes College of Engineering at UNLV, and will feature more than 1,000 high school students representing 42 high schools from the region. Using a theme of "Logo Motion" for this year's event, the students will compete in a series of challenges in which their robots will attempt to hang inflated plastic shapes at various heights in order to score points and see which team will advance to the world championship event that will take place April 27-30 in St. Louis, Mo.

For a complete schedule of the robotics event, visit engineering.unlv.edu. For more information about the Clark County School District, visit www.ccsd.net.