Breakaway to Test 1500 High School Students in Battle of the Robots at Drexel

What: More than 1,500 high school students from five states will compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition on March 26 and 27 at Drexel University. During this year’s game, called “Breakaway,” two teams made up of three schools each will race robots around a 27-foot-by-54-foot field trying to score soccer balls into a goal for points. The robots will attempt to dribble soccer balls and travel through a challenging course of hills and tunnels. In the first round, lasting 15 seconds, robots’ movement is autonomous, but they can respond to digital signals sent by students stationed at the corners of the track. In the second and final round, lasting two minutes, robots are radio-controlled by students. During the game's final round, robots may score bonus points by hanging from a 7-foot tower or another previously hanging robot. Participating students attend 44 schools, including 29 Greater Philadelphia schools. Visuals: • Students testing their robots, all of which are unique in shape and range in size, up to 6 feet tall and 110 pounds • Wide-eyed students maneuvering their robots in a race against time • Students’ parents and teachers cheering on the teamsWhen: Friday, March 26 • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.: opening ceremonies, featuring Selcuk Guceri, dean of Drexel’s College of Engineering; Jeff Gordon, manager of corporate relations at PECO; Jocelyn Scott, vice president engineering, facilities and real estate at DuPont and Jeff Wilcox, vice president of corporate engineering at Lockheed Martin • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: qualifying matches Saturday, March 27 • 9:30 a.m. to noon: qualifying matches • 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.: final rounds and awards ceremonies Where: Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, 33rd and Market streets News media contacts: Noah Cohen, Drexel News Bureau 215-895-2705, 267-228-5599 (cell) or noah.cohen@drexel.eduElizabeth Brachelli, Drexel’s College of Engineering 215-895-6454, 267-357-2527 (cell), or