Sparks will fly and metal will crunch at the 2011 National Robotics Leagues (NRL www.gonrl.org) Championships to be held May 21-22 at the Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center at the Indianapolis International Airport. The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) created the NRL, a robot combat competition, to introduce a new generation of Americans to manufacturing.
NTMA founded the NRL to help change misperceptions about manufacturing and attract students to high-paying technical careers. The program partners teams of middle school, high school, and post-secondary school students with local NTMA manufacturers who work together to build machines designed to do battle and test ingenuity in a Plexiglas arena. The result is the creation of incredible robotic machines and fun and exciting events, all while building high tech skills and sparking the interest of students about careers in manufacturing.
The Indianapolis event will feature student teams who have competed in competitions held across the U.S. by an NRL sanctioned program. Preliminary rounds and the quarterfinals will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 11am to 6 p.m. with the semi-finals and finals held on Sunday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to noon.