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Shepherd to host first Robotics Competition

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV—The Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at Shepherd University will host the 2011 ShepRobo Fest robotics competition on March 26 and 27 at the Butcher Center.

Dr. Seung-yun Kim, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, said that part of the funding for the competition came from an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant recently received to promote the department.

So far, the competition has drawn the attention of local high schools and technical schools.

The competition will include three events for various age groups. The first event, the Firefighting Robot Contest, will be held for middle school through college-aged students. Event two, the Mech-Warfare Contest, is open to participants of all ages, and event three, the Lego League, will be held for students in grades 4 through 8.

Shepherd’s Department of Contemporary Art and Theater will be creating the arena for the Mech-Warfare competition, partnering with Patrick Wallace, theater technical. director.

This nationwide competition is the only competition with this diversity on the east coast, according to Kim.

“We’re hoping to make it an annual event and promote the campus and the Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at Shepherd,” Kim said. “We hope that this will bring economic development for the area and attract more computer sciences and engineering students, as well as retain current students to help them successfully graduate.”

Registration is free and open to all. Participants are encouraged to register early due to limited teams and seats available. A registration form is available at http://www.shepherd.edu/cmeweb/srf Contact Dr. Kim at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-876-5017 for more information.