ROBOTS BATTLE MAY 21 IN THE CONVOCATION CENTER

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ROBOTS BATTLE MAY 21 IN THE CONVOCATION CENTER

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Posted on April 29, 2016

National Robotics League Competition A robot collides with another during a competition.
May 20-21, 2016
(Robot battles on May 21 only)
Cal U Convocation Center 

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED. Sign up here 

Robots return to the Convocation Center May 20-21 for the National Robotics League’s 2016 national competition.

For the first time at Cal U, 63 teams from seven states — including some BotsIQ competitors from southwestern Pennsylvania and a team from Puerto Rico — will battle to see who has the best 15-pound robot in the country. See where the teams come from.

The National Robotics League (NRL) is a workforce development program of the National Tooling & Machining Association that invites students to design and build remote-controlled robots to face off in gladiator-style competition.

Teams earn points not only for their robots’ performance in the arena, but also for their engineering documentation and the presentations they give before a panel of industry experts.

The robot battles are open to the public from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Admission to the double-elimination competition is free.

The awards ceremony, also open to all, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Grand Champion Trophy and $500 prize goes to the team with the highest combined score. First, second and third place, Best Engineering, Best Documentation, Best Team Presentations, Best Sportsmanship, Coolest Robot and People’s Choice awards also will be presented. 

Volunteer at the competition

Volunteers are needed to assist with the National Robotics League competition at California University of Pennsylvania.

  • Thursday, May 19 — Set up. Volunteers are needed to help with assembling the two impact-resistant arenas where the ’bots will battle.
  • Friday, May 20 — Safety inspections and interviews/documentation reviews. The NRL needs volunteer safety inspectors and monitors, as well as individuals with technical experience who can interview students and review their documentation binders.
  • Saturday, May 21 — Competition Day. Volunteers are needed for technical and non-technical positions, including safety inspectors, monitors and runners to work in the backstage “pit” area where robots are repaired between bouts.

Sign up here to volunteer for the National Robotics League competition at Cal U.

See photos and a list of winners from the 2016 BotsIQ Southwestern Regional Finals at Cal U.

Join us

Visit the Convocation Center, where the robots come out to play!

The National Robotics League Competition is free and open to the public. Robot battles are held on May 21 only.

Get directions and a campus map

Industry partners

Industry sponsors supporting the competition are:

Boston Centerless
Grainger
Gears Educational Systems
Homeyer Precision Manufacturing
Inventionland
LoSASSO Integrated Marketing
MPM (Moseys’ Production Machinists)
NTMA Pittsburgh Chapter
PartnerShip LLC