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TitleUSD to Host Greater San Diego Botball Tournament
Date3.07.12
ContactLiz Harman
Contact E-mailharman, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4682
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“March Madness” won’t officially start until next week but the University of San Diego hosts its own version this Saturday, March 10, with the Greater San Diego Botball Tournament.

The tournament features 18 student teams from grades 6 – 12  from southern California, Arizona and Mexico who will compete using the robots  they have worked on for seven weeks. Because the robots are light-sensitive the best times for filming are the practice sessions between 8:30 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. Finals for the competition will be at 4:30 p.m. with an  awards ceremony to follow. The competition takes place at USD’s Sports Center, just east of the main campus entrance at the top of Linda Vista Road.

Botball involves using autonomous robots without remote controls to complete a series of tasks such as gathering and collecting objects in a limited amount of time. Sensors and cameras give input to the robots which help identify scoring objects.

Botball is an educational program organized by the Norman, Oklahoma-based KISS Institute for Practical Robotics that emphasizes learning basic principles of engineering and computer programming through direct experiences with working robots. KISS is a National Partner in Education of the NASA Robotics Education Project and receives sponsorship from the Office of Naval Research and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. USD’s Institute of College Initiatives and the USD Engineering Programs are co-sponsors of the event.