The robots are coming to SWU
An army of robots will converge on Southern Wesleyan University Saturday, Feb. 18.
Southern Wesleyan’s science department is hosting approximately 200 high school students in robotics teams from school districts across the Upstate who will compete in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the university’s campus in Central.
“Southern Wesleyan is pleased to be hosting this amazing robotics workshop on our campus,” said Dr. Todd Voss, university president. “It’s not just the technology that inspires in this day-long high school competition, but the relationships that are built are also an inspiration – and relationship building is at the core of SWU's mission.”
According to Curtis Todd, a SWU computer science major, mentor for a robotics team and an organizer for the event, the competition is an unofficial scrimmage in which students can drive their robots on a full competition field, test the robots and do any necessary problem-solving prior to the Palmetto Regional competition next month in Charleston. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization whose purpose is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, is putting together the competition.
Dr. Paul Jordan, professor of computer science at Southern Wesleyan, is excited to have the robotics teams compete on campus, adding, “Many students who compete with FIRST end up in the computer science and engineering fields."
For details, contact Jordan at (864) 644-5034 or email .