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W+H Set to Host RoboCup Junior Tournament

Rudy Brandl

From California to New York, more than 40 teams from across the United States will converge on The Wardlaw+Hartridge School campus on Sunday, May 19, 2024 to take part in the annual RoboCupJunior USA Tournament.

The RoboCupJunior USA competition challenges students up to 19 years old to work collaboratively as a team to design, create and code robots to solve problems. The competition is divided into three leagues – Soccer, Rescue, and OnStage. The robots are fully autonomous, using sensors to explore the world around them and make decisions without human intervention. The competition is open to students with any level of experience, and teams can use any tool or technology they want, from modifying preexisting robotics kits to building everything from scratch.

Four W+H students will compete in the Soccer League – Archish Vadlamannati '25, Ethan Pan '26, Noah Ronnen '26 and Victoria Diaz '27. They will be coached by Dr. Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, and Mike Ambrose. 

Winning teams may be eligible to participate in the RoboCupJunior International Competition, which is a part of RoboCup, the largest robotics and artificial intelligence competition in the world. RoboCup is organized by RoboCup Federation each summer and will be held July 18-21 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Last year, 36 countries from around the world were represented at the RoboCupJunior International Competition.

Doors open for check-in and robot inspections at 8 a.m. at the front entrance and Middle School side door. Matches take place in the Plumeri Gymnasium from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony will wrap up the day.