Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship This Weekend
Courtesy of Unified Robotics
This Sunday, November 12, the Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship will be held at the Pacific Science Center in downtown Seattle for the second consecutive year.
More than 40 teams of students from all over Washington State—both with and without intellectual disabilities—will be competing. The students have been building and working on their robots for weeks and will face off in a “Battle of the Bots” on a four-by-four foot field, trying to push their opponent’s robot out. The robot that remains in the field the longest will be declared the winner and the winning team of each division will move on to compete in the championship match inside the Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR IMAX Theater.
The event is designed to support the mission of building a new world of inclusion and community for people of all abilities. It is also a great way to raise awareness and excitement for the Special Olympics USA Games that Seattle will be hosting in July 2018.
Unified Robotics as an organization is trying to expand access to science and give kids with disabilities a chance to do things they may not have done before. Unified Robotics participant, Kendall Foster, who is on the autism spectrum, found a new interest in STEM through the competition. “Seeing how my daughter, Kendall, has changed, and before she had no interest in technology, now she’s interested in robots,” said mother Noelle Foster.
Join the crowd for a day of spirited competition and learn something new.
More information can be found at www.unifiedrobotics.org/championship.