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Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

March 29, 2007
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

Maryland Schools to Compete in
Robotics System Contests

Johns Hopkins Engineering Students Will Oversee
Four Medical Challenges

WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Best Photo-video Opportunity: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: The Glass Pavilion inside Levering Union at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
WHO: Eleven teams from Maryland middle and high schools will put their high-tech skills to the test in the second Robotic System Challenge. Each team will consist of up to three students. The event will be supervised by Johns Hopkins engineering students who are officers of the Computer-Integrated Surgery Student Research Society. The event is funded by the Johns Hopkins-based National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology and by the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.
WHAT: Some teams will program small robots to move from a starting point to a finish line, passing though a series of "gates." Others must equip their robots with sensors so the devices can find their way through a mystery maze. Still other teams will be required to locate "tumors" (large dark circles) within an enclosure representing the brain and send out a signal each time a tumor is discovered. Some students will present oral reports and demonstrations regarding a new and innovative use for their small robots. Judging will be done by graduate and undergraduate students from Johns Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering.
WHY: The event is designed to interest pre- college students in educational and career opportunities in engineering and science. This is the only medical robotics outreach competition in the nation for pre- college students. Funding from the Alumni Association Community Grant allows underprivileged students to participate by waiving fees for registration and robotic kits. In addition to the contests, a representative from Johns Hopkins will answer questions and provide admissions materials.
Carol Reiley, president of the Computer- Integrated Surgery Student Research Society. (Before the event, Reiley can be reached at 408-718-8249.)

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