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Northeast to host VEX U robotics world championship qualifying tournament

January 30, 2019 GMT

NORFOLK - Northeast Community College will be hosting the collegiate-level VEX U robotics world championship tournament next weekend.

Information Technology Instructor Richard Chrisman says being chosen to host a world qualifying competition is an honor as only 12 sites in the U.S. were designated as such this year.

Chrisman says the qualifying tournament includes a program section where the autonomous robots try to score as many points as possible in the game area and then there’s a driver control segment.

“It kind of turns into a free-for-all because there’s flags the robots may trip, game pieces they may tip over to score for one team and then the other team is trying to flip them back within the same time period, so it is kind of exciting.”

Chrisman says the winner of the qualifying event will advance to the VEX U World Championship, which will be held in Louisville Kentucky in April.

The qualifying tournament will be held next Saturday in the lower level of the Student Center. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend the competition that is set to start at 10.