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UF to host robotics competition for high school students Saturday

WHAT: FIRST Robotics Competition 2016 Kick-Off, an international event meant to inspire students to become engineers. About 150 students from 13 high schools across North Florida will go on lab tours and speak with current UF engineering students about their experiences and begin the process of building their own robots.

During Saturday’s event, a new game and playing field are unveiled and teams receive a Kickoff Kit made up of donated items and components worth tens of thousands of dollars – and only limited instructions. Working with adult mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 9, 8 - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: UF New Engineering Building, 1064 Center Dr.