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MEDIA ADVISORY: WVU and MARS host international robotics competition

Students stand around a gray mat with machinery and robots in the WVU recreation center

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WHO: West Virginia University and Mountaineer Area Robotics

WHAT: West Virginia Robotics Extreme, the world’s only 26-hour endurance robotics competition

WHERE: West Virginia University Student Recreation Center

2001 Rec Center Drive, Morgantown

WHEN: Friday (Aug. 3) from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday (Aug. 4) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The competition features sophisticated robots designed by teams of high school students from around the world. This year's game “Power Up” takes the robots inside an 8-bit video game themed field.

“Seven years ago, MARS had a crazy idea to host an event that would be so completely original that teams would want to come from all over to participate. We limit it to 24 teams and this year our waiting list was over 40 teams long,” said Earl Scime, MARS coach. The participating teams are from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, Maryland, Wisconsin, North Carolina and China.

The event is free and open to the public; guided tours are available Friday. (Aug. 3) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.   



CONTACT: Sharda Mohammed, MARS Area Robotics

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