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Shepherd to host second annual Robotics Festival

ISSUED: 24 January 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd to host second annual Robotics Festival)

Shepherdstown, WV--The second annual ShepRobo Fest will be held at the Butcher Center on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, hosted by the Department of Computer Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering.

Dr. Seung-yun Kim, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, said he has traveled to middle schools and high schools in Maryland and West Virginia to show students the robots and to talk about the competition. Kim said he expects more competitors and spectators this year.

The unofficial first Lego League event, held for students grades 4-9, and the high school division fire fighting contest will be held on Saturday. The college division fire fighting contest and Mech-Warfare Contest, open to participants of all ages, will be held on Sunday.

"I hope this annual event will draw attention to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field education," said Kim. "Hopefully this annual event will encourage students to get interested in the STEM field."

According to Kim, this nationwide event is the only competition with this diversity on the east coast.

Videos from last year's event are available on the festival's website,

Participants are encouraged to register early due to limited space. Registration is free but participants must register to participate. Registration information will be available on the website,, beginning the first week of February. Participants may also register the day of the event. For more information, contact Kim at or 304-876-5017 or Courtney Crites, sophomore computer engineering major and ShepRobo Fest event coordinator, at


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Dr. Seung-yun Kim, assistant professor of computer information sciences

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