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Students to test skills at C-STEM Day

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Middle and high school students from across the region will test their skills in math, robotics and programming Saturday at the third annual C-STEM Day, organized by the Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education at UC Davis.

More than 70 teams from the greater Sacramento region have signed up to take part in the Roboplay Challenge, Roboplay Video and Math Programming competitions, said Harry Cheng, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the center.

RoboPlay competitions are open-ended design challenges that integrate computer programming and math with elements of writing, art, music, choreography, design and filmmaking. Students in the Roboplay competitions work with the Mobot modular robot manufactured by Barobo, Inc. The team can also make their own robot and accessories using a 3D printer.

In the Roboplay Challenge Competition, the teams have to program their robots to achieve a particular task, such as using a robot to retrieve an item at a space station.

“It’s designed to test their real-world problem solving skills in a competitive environment, the challenge tasks are assigned on the day of competition. The team members have to solve the problems with modular robots on their own within the time constraints.” Cheng said.

In the Roboplay Video competition, teams have to produce a unique, creative video showcasing their robots.

C-STEM Day will take place at the UCD Conference Center, beginning at 8.30 a.m. and ending with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

— UC Davis News Service

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