Boston University College of Engineering and Boston University Academy to Host Massachusetts VEX Robotics Competition Championship

in Boston University Academy, News Releases, Science & Technology
November 6th, 2008

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(Boston) – Boston University Academy, in conjunction with BU’s College of Engineering, will host the Massachusetts VEX Robotics Competition Championship on Friday, November 7, 2008. Fourteen teams from various high schools across New England will convene at BU’s Sargent Activity Center (One University Road) for this Invitational Tournament.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. for team check-in and continues until the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m. The day includes morning and afternoon matches followed by thr elimination round and finals to determine the winning team. Marie Planchard, director of Worldwide Education Markets at Solidworks Corporation, will serve as keynote speaker.

“We are so pleased to host the VEX Robotics Competition,” said BU Academy Physics instructor and event organizer Gary Garber. “We’re always curious to see what the other teams produce.”

The competition is based on the game “Elevation” which is played on a 12′x12′ field. Two alliances, one “red” and one “blue,” composed of two teams each, compete in each match which consists of a 20-second autonomous period, followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to earn a higher score than your opponent’s alliance by placing cubes into goals, and by “owning” goals by having the highest cube in a given goal. Points can also be earned by “parking” on the platform or by “controlling” the bonus cube.

“I welcome the teams traveling from throughout New England to BU,” said BU Academy Head of School Jim Berkman. “The students are excited to have so much involvement from other high schools this year.”

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. The Academy, which was founded in 1993, offers an academic program that combines a classical curriculum with a rigorous approach to the intellectual and cultural challenges of contemporary life. Academy students may begin taking courses for college credit in their junior year, earning credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit

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