May 12, 2017

Media Contact:  
Monica Lopez                           
Pasadena Educational Foundation
Pasadena Unified Students Race Against Time
at the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Robo Rally 2017: "ROVE!"
Eighth Annual Middle School Robotics Competition

PASADENA, CA - 200 middle school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will be showcasing their robotics skills at this year's space-exploration-themed competition, Robo Rally 2017: "ROVE!" sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). PUSD students will build and program "planetary rovers" that will race against time to ensure the survival of a colony on a distant Mars-like planet. The rovers will have to make their way on the course, touching two markers before they cross a laser finish line. Competition will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Sierra Madre Middle School from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
The Robo Rally competition is the culmination of the hard work the students have done throughout the year in robotics classes. This event is open to the community and designed to be exciting and challenging for students, but also fun and entertaining for spectators. Community leaders and volunteers assist as race officials. There will be a 11' x 17' jumbotron projecting an aerial view of the course as the robots compete.
Robotics classes in PUSD middle schools is a program supported by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) . Robotics classes are taught by PUSD math or science teachers that go through special robotics training supported by the PEF. Robo Rally 2017: "ROVE!" is created and produced by PEF's STEM team.
WHAT:            The 8th Annual PUSD Middle School Robotics Competition
                       Robo Rally 2017: "ROVE!"

WHEN             Wednesday, May 17, 2017
                       9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                       Final race and awards ceremony will be at approximately 11:15 a.m.
WHERE:         Sierra Madre Middle School Gymnasium
                       160 N. Canon Ave.
                        Sierra Madre, CA 91024
More information on Middle School Robotics can be found online:

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.  
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.