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St. Vrain Valley Schools to host underwater robotics tournament

Competition will take place at the Aquatic Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools


Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Innovation Center will host a MATE Rocky Mountain Regional ROV Competition at their newest districtwide facility, the Aquatic Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools. The tournament will have seven teams competing with five high school teams and two college teams. The high school teams will include three teams from the Innovation Center with representation from high schools across the district, as well as two teams from Boulder High School. The college teams will include students based out of the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

The teams are tasked with designing an underwater robot, demonstrating how they can market their robot, and finally, they will showcase how their robot can complete various tasks in the pool. 

Last year the district rented a facility to host the tournament. This is the second year they will host the tournament. “We offer classes in aquatic robotics at the Innovation Center and having our own pool as a district resource helps us bring this opportunity to more students,” said Axel Reitzig, Director of Innovation at the Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools. “This event is a great engineering challenge for our students and they are continuing to develop skills that have a wide range of applications for various fields.”


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