MEDIA ADVISORY
Media Contact:                       
  Monica Lopez                          
626.396.3625                          
May 20, 2016
Pasadena Unified Students Get "Fast and Furious!"
at the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Robo Rally 2016
Seventh Annual Middle School Robotics Competition

PASADENA, CA - More than 100 middle school teams from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will be showcasing their robotic skills at this year's Robo Rally 2016: "Fast and Furious!" sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). The students will build and program robotic race cars to get to the garage on the other side of town as fast as possible. Adding to the programming complexity vehicles may be challenged to a "game of chicken" on a narrow road before reaching the garage.

This event is designed to be exciting and challenging for students, but also fun and entertaining for spectators. There will be a 15'x20' jumbotron projecting an aerial view of the 24' track as the robotic race cars compete.


Robotics classes in PUSD middle schools is a program supported by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF).
Robotics classes are offered at most middle schools in the PUSD. Robotics classes are taught by PUSD math or science teachers that go through special robotics training supported by the PEF. Robo Rally 2016: "Fast and Furious!" is created and produced by PEF STEM.
 
WHAT:            PUSD Middle School Robotics Competition
                       Robo Rally 2016: "Fast and Furious!"


WHEN:          
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WHERE:        
Pasadena High School Gymnasium
                        2925 E Sierra Madre Blvd
                        Pasadena, CA 91107

SCHEDULE:  
9:15 a.m. - Welcome, Instructions, and Introductions
                        9:30 a.m. - Competition Starts                        
                        11:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony

                        11:50 - Lunchtime for Students

Note:
The last heat in the competition could start anytime after 10:45 a.m., depending on how the timing works out.  All the races will be completed before lunch.

More information can be found online:
http://www.pasedfoundation.org/programs/robotics/
 
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Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is a nonprofit organization that advocates for public education, engages the community, and develops resources to support excellent education for every Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) student.
Whether it be through the arts, music, health centers, gardens, or STEM programs they support, PEF is dedicated to creating a better future for the public school students of Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre. http://pased.org 

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) serves pre-K to 12th grade students in a 76-square mile area that includes the communities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. Pasadena Unified School District provides a caring, engaging and challenging educational experience for over 17,000 students every day. http://pusd.us