Pasadena Unified Students Race Against Time at the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Robo Rally 2017: "Rove!"

"ROVE!" The Eighth Annual Middle School Robotics Competition

Published : Friday, May 12, 2017 | 4:24 PM

200 middle school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will be showcasing their robotics skills at this year’s space-exploration-themed competition, Robo Rally 2017: “ROVE!” sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). PUSD students will build and program “planetary rovers” that will race against time to ensure the survival of a colony on a distant Mars-like planet. The rovers will have to make their way on the course, touching two markers before they cross a laser finish line. Competition will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Sierra Madre Middle School from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Robo Rally competition is the culmination of the hard work the students have done throughout the year in robotics classes. This event is open to the community and designed to be exciting and challenging for students, but also fun and entertaining for spectators. Community leaders and volunteers assist as race officials. There will be a 11′ x 17′ jumbotron projecting an aerial view of the course as the robots compete.

Robotics classes in PUSD middle schools is a program supported by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). Robotics classes are taught by PUSD math or science teachers that go through special robotics training supported by the PEF. Robo Rally 2017: “ROVE!” is created and produced by PEF’s STEM team.

The 8th Annual PUSD Middle School Robotics Competition Robo Rally 2017: “ROVE!” will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sierra Madre Middle School Gymnasium (160 N. Canon Ave., Sierra Madre). Final race and awards ceremony will be at approximately 11:15 a.m.

More information on Middle School Robotics can be found online:





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