robotics_competition.jpgPEMBROKE PINES — Robots from around Florida will invade West Broward High School on Saturday, Oct. 27, to participate in the first Robotics Competition – Mission Mayhem.

The school at 500 N.W. 209th Avenue, Pembroke Pines will host the Rebound Rumble competition from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

Organizers say the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with science and technology to create a unique “Varsity Sport for the Mind,” and helps young people discover the rewarding and engaging world of science, innovation and engineering.

Rebound Rumble is a hybrid basketball game in which robots are tasked with gathering foam balls and shooting them into basketball goals at varying heights. The higher the goal, the more points scored.

The robot machines must navigate around the field, avoiding obstacles and bumps in the road to score.

The robots are designed and built in six weeks by teams of 25 or more high school students, with help from volunteer professional engineer-mentors who lend their time and talents to guide each team. The students program and remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get, organizers said.

Teams compete in qualifying matches to determine the top eight seeds, which then select two other robots to play in a best two out of three single-elimination tournament. Winning teams advance through the quarterfinals and semi-finals to the finals.

For additional information call David Ellich, 754-321-5300, ext. 3118, or email: