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Apr 26 2011

Engineering Students Design Robots for Creative Contraptions Competition

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 26, 2010) – Robots will face off on an obstacle course at the Creative Contraptions Competition at NYIT-Old Westbury, held on Thursday, April 28. Designed by students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, the robots will compete to retrieve as much water as possible in a given time.

NYIT created the competition to encourage the participation of women in the science and engineering fields, so each team must include at least one female member. The competition also reflects global issues. Providing water to communities in under-developed regions, for example, is a task that falls predominantly to the least powerful individuals in the community– girls and women.

The five teams began working on their robots more than six months ago, starting with a specialized Lego kit and $500 for materials. The designs and programming of the robots will differ among teams, but all must be capable of efficiently carrying water.

The competition has become increasingly popular since it began three years ago, and 16 students from as far as Belgium and South Africa are competing this year.

The winning team will receive $2,400; second place will receive $1,500; and third place team will receive $900. The competition is sponsored by New York Community Bank and IEEE Foundation.

Designs will be judged by NYIT alumnae Thelma Arceo (M.S. ’87), director of technical services at Community Environmental Center, Inc., and Dawn Kogler (B.S. ’87), senior manager, enterprise information technology architect for Long Island Rail Road.

The Creative Contraptions Competition will be held on Thursday, April 28, at the Sports Complex at the Old Westbury campus. Presentations will begin at noon, and the competition will follow at 1 p.m.

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