By Andy Choi
National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) recently declared that Indiana will once again host the 2012 National Robotics League (NRL) Championships, which is scheduled between May 5 and 6, 2012, at the Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis.
NRL robot combat competition was organized by NTMA. Indianapolis served as the venue for the National Championships last year and now for this year also.
Some of the schools, which have qualified for the 2012 NRL Championships include: Plum Senior High School – Plum, PA; Bloomsburg Area High School – Bloomsburg, PA; Dunwoody College of Technology – Minneapolis, MN; Cambridge Springs High School – Cambridge Springs, PA; Somerset County Technology Center – Somerset, PA; University of South Florida – Tampa, FL; Wright State University – Dayton, OH; North St. Paul High School – Maplewood, MN; Wright State University – Lake Campus – Celina, OH; Milford High School – Milford, OH; The Pennsylvania State University- University Park – University Park, PA and more.
NRL was established by NTMA to educate the public about manufacturing and to inspire the latest student generation on the advancing technical careers. In this program, the local NTMA manufacturers will collaborate with various teams from middle and high school, and post-secondary school students to construct combat robots. This initiative will result in the creation of destruction-driven combat machines, in addition to honing high-tech skills to inspire the latest competitive student generation to forecast and resolve the various manufacturing potentials.
The qualified teams at the NRL-sanctioned competitions across the U.S. will compete in the National Championship on Saturday, May 5. Preliminary rounds will be hosted followed by subsequent quarterfinals, semi-finals and final rounds on May 6. The event will be hosted at Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis.