MONTE VISTA— The San Luis Valley 4-H Robotics program is hosting the second annual RoboRAVE Colorado youth robotics competition on Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monte Vista High School in Monte Vista. More than 60 participants from southern Colorado and northern New Mexico will compete for prizes in four different challenges.
The a-MAZE-ing Challenge requires robots to navigate an elevated maze without using any sensors. The Jousting Challenge is a head-to-head contest to see which robot can knock their opponent’s water bottle “knight” off first. In the Line Following Challenge participants build a robot that can follow a line to deliver a ping pong ball payload. The Mountain Climb Challenge features a “mountain” with a 60 degree incline. Teams build robots that can summit the mountain and plant a flag on top.
RoboRAVE is open to youth ages 8 to 18 who are members of Colorado 4-H, community, or school teams that use robotics platforms that cost less than $1500. There is a $5 per child cost to compete. Prizes will be awarded for the top teams in each contest and age division. Teams need to pre-register to participate. Call 719-852-7381 for late registration.
The general public is welcome to attend the event as spectators. There is no charge for non-competitors. Teams will be practicing and scoring throughout the day. Opening ceremonies will take place at 10:00 am and tournaments will begin at 4:00 pm. Tournaments will be followed by awards.
RoboRAVE Colorado is a partnership between Colorado State University Extension, RoboRAVE International, and the Monte Vista School District. The event is made possible by volunteers, as well as financial and in-kind support from sponsors, which include Trinidad State Educational Foundation, San Luis Valley 4-H Foundation, Poole Chemical, Holiday RV South Fork, Monte Vista Rotary, Kristi Mountain Sports, Monte Vista Kiwanis, Big Valley HobbyTown, and Dairy Queen
For more information on RoboRAVE Colorado or the 4-H youth development program, visit the event website at http://tinyurl.com/RoboRaveColorado. 4-H is a cooperative effort between Colorado State University Extension and Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.