Twelve teams of Harris County students from Channelview, Cypress, Humble, New Caney and southwest Houston vie for top titles, scholarships and prizes in the All Earth Ecobot Challenge April 13, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Blvd., Houston, Texas.
Ecobot Challenge engages students in working with complex technology computer programming, problem-solving, critical thinking, building and operating autonomous robots, and practicing teamwork-
skills needed in an increasingly technological and global-driven workforce.
The competition is hosted for a fifth year by the Education Foundation of Harris County with a lunchtime career presentation sponsored by Cole Chemical with visiting engineers from Foster Wheeler USA.
"The All Earth Ecobot Challenge opens students' minds to futures in our regions industries and accelerates networking to the advantage of future generations," said Douglas Kleiner, CEO of the Education Foundation of Harris County. Schools, youth groups, scout troops, or any other professional organization are eligible to participate in the All-Earth Ecobot Challenge.
About 1,000 students competed in preliminary events at Channelview and Humble earlier this year. The top six teams from each event compete in the final Bot-Off. Districts represented include Channelview, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, New Caney, and YES Prep Charter Gulfton.
The 2013 All Earth Ecobot Challenge utilizes Lego Mindstorm robots to explore "marvelous ecoscopic science." Through competitive and exploratory learning, robots are the avenue of education delivery for students as they develop skills with applicable physics, complex technology, higher-order engineering, complex math and computer programming. The common denominator is ecoscience and environmental awareness.