The 2019 Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship is the culmination of a six-week build season, where robots from schools across Washington State gather at the Pacific Science Center to compete in a battle of the bots tournament. Everyone is welcome to come cheer on the robots as they battle each other to become the champion.
11:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
11:30 a.m. – Spirit March to the Tournament
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Qualification Rounds
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Elimination Rounds
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
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Teams compete together in a friendlier version of ‘Battle Bots.’ Two teams compete in a white 4-by-4-foot field with a thick black circle on the edge of the field. The objective of this game is to push the opponent’s robot to the black circle, in order for that robot to be called “out.” The robot that stays within the ring the longest wins. In the tournament, teams will be competing in one of four divisions. The winning team of each division will then compete in the Soldiers field in the PACCAR IMAX Theater, battling their way to becoming the champion.
About Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics
Unified Robotics™ is a Seattle-based national robotics program that unites students of diverse abilities as teammates and competitors on the game field, promoting inclusion with hands-on learning and collaborating in a neurodiverse environment.
The program was developed in 2015 by King’s High School student, Delaney Foster, when she brought her FIRST Robotics teammates to Roosevelt High School to work alongside students with special needs to build robots. Delaney’s sister, Kendall Foster, has autism, and Delaney has been a life-long advocate of inclusive education and was inspired by Special Olympics Unified Sports. Learn more: UnifiedRobotics.org
The 2019 Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics Championship is made possible through the support of FIRST Robotics, RealNetworks Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and Pacific Science Center.
For more information contact Morgan Larche.