LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Student teams from 12 states and Mexico headed to Little Rock this week to compete in a regional robotics competition -- vying for an award and a spot at the national robotics competition in Houston in April.
The '2017 Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition' takes place March 9-11 at Barton Coliseum on Howard St.
The competition is a program that challenges high school students -- working with professional Mentors -- to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students.
The competition is part of the 'FIRST' organization, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
The winner of the competition receives regional recognition in areas including design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork. The winner also advances to the FIRST National Championship Competition in Houston.
Teams from the following Arkansas towns will be competing at the event:
- Little Rock
- Mountain Home
- North Little Rock
- Prairie Grove
Teams will also be traveling from Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Mexico to compete with the Arkansas teams.
(Times and speakers subject to change)
Thursday, March 9
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. -- Robot testing and inspection
12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Practice matches
Friday, March 10
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies, featuring Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. -- Qualifying matches
5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. -- Awards ceremony, featuring United States Congressman Bruce Westerman
Saturday, March 11
8:30a.m. - 9 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies, keynotes TBA
9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. -- Qualifying matches
1:30p.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Final rounds matches
4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. -- Awards and closing ceremonies
2600 Howard St
Little Rock, AR 72206
The competition is free and open to the public. Click here to reserve a spot.