Innovation Quarter News

Third Annual Robot Fun Run to be Held Friday, June 19

Children will once again help adults build, program and operate robots at the Robot Fun Run Community Challenge, to be held Friday, June 19, in the atrium of Wake Forest Biotech Place.

The third annual competition, which is open to the public free of charge, will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Cook Medical, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the event features up to a dozen teams of two to five adults representing area businesses and institutions, with each team having a middle school-age mentor.

The challenge for the teams is to build and program a Lego Mindstorms robot to perform specific tasks, then have it execute those tasks during multiple 2½-minute runs on a thematic playing surface with the goal of scoring as many points as possible. The team that accumulates the most points will be presented a Lego trophy by Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

“This is a great event that features technology, teamwork and creativity and produces plenty of surprises and smiles,” Tomlinson said.

The team representing Inmar edged Carolina Liquid Chemistries to capture last year’s title. Small Footprint won the 2013 event, finishing just ahead of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

One purpose of the Robot Fun Run Community Challenge is to increase awareness of and participation in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ robotics program, which is designed to engage middle school-age children in science and technology. The program’s main event is the annual Forsyth County Robot Run, a competition in the fall that involves robotics teams from the system’s 17 middle schools.

Wake Forest Biotech Place is located at 575 N. Patterson Ave. in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Free event parking will be available in Innovation Quarter Lot P1, which has entrances on East Fifth and North Chestnut streets.