OAKLAND — Maine elementary and middle schools students will be coming together Saturday, May 19, at the Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland for the 14th annual Robot Track Meet.
Twenty-four teams with a total of 158 students will be competing in the 10 different events at the meet. Similar to a regular track meet, the robot track meets have events like fastest robot and strongest robot, as well as more skilled events that require more advanced robot design and programming. The teams and their members have been working for months to complete and test their robots and now is there chance to see how they match up against other teams.
Teams are coming in from Chelsea, Cornville, Damariscotta, Gardiner, Houlton, Islesboro, Litchfield, Monmouth, North Haven, Patten, Pittsfield, Sabattus, Vassalboro, Wales and Winthrop.
This is the third and final Robot Track Meet in Maine for the 2018 season. The meet in Ellsworth on May 5th had one student break the world record for the strongest robot, when their LEGO robot was able to pull 60 pounds across 2 feet and did so in just 3.75 seconds. Who knows what records might be broken in Oakland!
The 10 events include: fastest robot, strongest robot, slope climber, delivery mission, table clearing, walking robot, steeplechase, speed build, ping pong shot put, and the ever popular strongest bridge competition. Everything is made out of LEGOs or VEXIQ robotic parts, fun to watch, fun to cheer teams on. Each event will have a 1st and 2nd place award, and there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Meet Champions for the teams with the most overall points earned during the day.
The meet starts at 9:30 am this Saturday, with teams checking in at 8:30. Maine Robotics, the organizers, expect to be done between 3:30 and 4:00 pm. Refreshments are available and help support the Messalonskee High School Robotics Team, Infinite Loop. The meet is free and open to the public to come and check out. Teams, however, have to be pre-registered.
For information, visit the Robot Track Meet Association page at: www.robottrackmeets.org.