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WVU team picked for NASA robotics competition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A robotics team from West Virginia University has been selected to participate in the Robo-Ops competition for the third consecutive year.

Officials say the team will take part in the event scheduled for June at NASA's Johnson Space Center's Rock Yard in Houston.

Teams receive a $10,000 stipend to offset the development costs of a rover, materials, testing equipment, hardware and software.

Rovers will compete under the supervision of NASA judges. They must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing a variety of tasks.

Some members will travel to Houston for the onsite testing, while others will stay in Morgantown to conduct "mission control" tasks.

Last year the team finished fourth but earned top honors for best technical paper, the best-looking robot and winning a slalom challenge.


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