October 6, 2004

Robots geared up for battle
at Sacramento State

One-pound gladiators from throughout the West will seek robotic glory at “Smackdown in Sactown!” – the second Ant Weight Robot Challenge and Engineering Expo at Sacramento State, Sunday, Oct 17.

The event takes place in the University Union from noon to 5 p.m.

The main event – robot battles – will feature robotic creations fighting it out with wedges, blades and anything else competitors have dreamed up. Entries will come from local and out-of-area teams.

The event will also feature displays by student groups from throughout Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, including projects such as a hovercraft and mini-Baja off-road racer. And there will be tours of engineering and computer science facilities.

More than 1,000 spectators are expected.

The second Robot Challenge and Engineering Expo is presented by the student-run Competitive Robotics club. It is designed as a family-friendly event to get young people interested in engineering and technology.

In addition to Sacramento State organizations, event sponsors include Northrop Grumman, Titan, the Federal Technology Center, Taylor Systems Engineering, the Air Force Association Gold Rush Chapter, Parallax, and the California Autonomous Technology Initiative.

Tickets to the event are $5 general, $3 students and free for children 10 and under. Free parking is in lots 4 and 5 near Riverside Hall and the University Library.

For more information, visit www.sacbot.com or contact engineering professor Akihiko Kumagai at (916) 278-6089. Media assistance is available by contacting Sacramento State’s public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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