College to host high school robotics grand championship Saturday

BACKGROUND:
YBOT, or Youth Building Our Tomorrow, is a high school robotics competition. Students form teams and design, build, and program robots to perform a series of tasks, which change annually.

Awards are given out based on the robots’ design and programming and on students’ ability to problem-solve.

For this year’s challenge, teams will mine rocks and place them in a launch vehicle. The teams will be responsible for maintaining power to the base and tackle any emergencies. According to the YBOT website,

“Congratulations! You’re going to space! YBOT has been commissioned by a secret corporation for a special space mission. Your team is part of an elite group tasked to mine raw materials at confirmed Tyllium Ore Breakdown Yards on a near-earth asteroid.”

The event has been hosted at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast since 2010.

WHAT:
Teams from seven northern Indiana high schools will compete in the championships of this team-building and robotics event. YBOT teams have been working on their designs since the fall. The participating high schools come from the following counties: Allen, Dekalb, Adams, and Noble.

Learn more at youthbot.org.

WHERE:
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
North Campus, Student Life Center
3701 Dean Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

WHEN:
9 a.m. April 22

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