South Central PA Robotics Competition Nov. 16

Penn State Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) will join with the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to host the third South Central PA Robotics Competition on Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. at HACC’s midtown campus in Harrisburg.

The event is organized by faculty from HACC, Dauphin County Vo-Tech, Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech, and Penn State Harrisburg.  Contestants from high schools in the region will have to program a robot to perform five tasks in sensing, movement, and control, and do so as quickly and accurately as possible.  Students from colleges in the region will be present as mentors and judges during the competition.

High schools throughout South Central Pennsylvania have been invited to participate, and approximately 40 students are expected to attend.  The event is designed to strengthen relationships between the region’s students and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at the high school and college levels. 

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams and robots are provided by the sponsors.  Other than a $5 registration fee, there is no cost to the participants.  All contestants will receive free lunch and a commemorative T-shirt. 

Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information please visit the event website at or contact Ms. Deb Miller at