The Kentucky Wildbots Robotics Team, consisting of students from Knox County and Corbin Independent school districts, is gearing up for this Saturday’s second annual Southern Kentucky Robotics Invitational as they welcome teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana to the Bluegrass to compete with robotics totaling six foot tall and 120 pounds in size.
This year’s Battle for the Bluegrass event, being held at Lynn Camp Middle/High School, will offer awards for a variety of off field skills competitions, such as highest stack, dead lift, and slalom. The finals will consist of the top eight teams selecting their alliance mates in a reverse draft. Any unpicked team is open for selection.
Event organizer Arthur Canada, Project Lead the Way Pre-Engineering teacher at Lynn Camp, is excited about the event sparking interest in the area youth to pursue careers in engineering and potentially stay in our region.
“It is our goal to make the community aware of the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” stated Canada.
“This is a good opportunity for our youth, but the real gain may be seen in the future economic growth this could bring to our area. The local students who parley this into getting an engineering degree may stay in the area,” explained Canada.
“If industry from outside our state sees that we have training opportunities like this they will be more inclined to locate here creating hundreds of new jobs allowing our youth with advanced degrees the opportunity to stay home.”
Throughout the day there will be side contests that reward teams for specialized engineering that may not have been recognized in the tournament. There will also be demonstrations and competitions for local elementary robotics teams that have signed up to participate in the event.
Lynn Camp Middle/High School
100 N KY 830, Corbin, Kentucky
Saturday, October 31, 201
Matches start at 8:30am
Finals start at 1pm
Awards ceremony at 5:30pm
Free admission for the public, donations accepted
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