High Schools to Compete in Engineering Competition

Statue of Jesse Mercer on the Mercer campus.

WHO: High school students from across the state, including one student team from each Buford High School, Buford; Campbell High School, Smyrna, and Columbus High School, Columbus, and two teams each from Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Savannah, and Westside High School, Macon.
WHAT: Botball – student teams from Georgia high schools compete in a series of challenges using robots they built and programmed. It is part of a national Botball competition sponsored by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 16.
WHERE: Mercer University Macon Campus, University Center Arena
BACKGROUND: This is the fourth year Mercer has hosted Botball in Georgia. High school students from across the state will compete for honors and to advance to national competition in the Botball tournament. Students came to Mercer in March to get a tutorial on the rules of this year’s competition and how to build their robots. The student teams are responsible for building and programming their robots to autonomously perform the tasks required in the competition. Mercer faculty and students will assist in the judging. Members of the community are welcome to watch the tournament free of charge.
There will be many opportunities for video and photos. Media interested in covering the event should contact Jenny Butkus at (478) 301-4037.

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