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BSC Robotics Team Preparing for Student Ground Robotics Demonstration at National Mall in Washington, DC

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    Monday, March 21 2011
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College's student robotics team and "Archon," the autonomous ground vehicle the students have created, will participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student Ground Robotics Demonstration on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The students and Dr. Bob Riggins, BSC Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, will join student teams from nine other institutions of higher education during the three-day event at the Mall, in front of the U.S. Capitol, April 9-11. The program is a signature activity during the second annual National Robotics Week, April 9-17.

"The Student Ground Robotics Demonstration coincides with the final week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts about one million visitors to the Nation's Capitol," Riggins noted, "so we're very excited to be a part of this high profile event. We have contacted the offices of U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall in the hope they can attend."

BSC, which won the 2008 world championship in the "Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) Autonomous Challenge," will utilize the Student Ground Robotics Competition as a practice opportunity in preparation for the 19th annual IGVC competition that will take place in June.