The event begins with a FIRST Tech Challenge meet from 1-5 p.m., followed by a League of Legends Showcase from 3-6 p.m.
Mike Dreith, Ed.D., associate provost at STLCC-Wildwood, said the campus is excited to host this event for the second consecutive year.
“As a college, we want to serve as a resource for the community,” Dreith said. “This event is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our campus while supporting and encouraging students in their academic pursuits.”
The action-packed robotics meet will feature 12 teams that will go head-to-head in a competition. Based on their performance, teams will earn points that will help them advance to the next level of tournament play.
The League of Legends Showcase will feature Maryville University’s 2017 Collegiate Championship team. In addition to replaying past matches, members of the championship team will answer questions about League of Legends and provide coaching tips on how to excel in the game. Attendees will also have the opportunity to demo this game, as well as others.
The Robotics and League of Legends Showcase is organized by Robyn Lady, Ed.D., and Matt Snyder, co-directors of the St. Louis Student Robotics Association. This local nonprofit organization works to provide advanced learning opportunities to robotics teams in the St. Louis metro area.
“In robotics, every student has the potential to take their skills pro if they seek a career in science, technology, engineering or math,” Lady said. “Our goal is to elevate the experience of students involved in robotics to a level comparable to student athletics. Events such as this are important because they generate interest in robotics and create an environment that embraces STEM.”
Snyder added: “This area is a hotbed for student robotics, so it’s a natural fit to bring our BotShow back to the campus of St. Louis Community College-Wildwood. With the addition of the League of Legends Showcase, we’ve added a ‘cool factor,’ and we hope people with a passion for robotics and video games come out and join us for the doubleheader.”
STLCC student Will Snyder expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, and in particular, the League of Legends Showcase.
“People don’t realize we have a national championship team in our backyard,” he said. “As a League of Legends enthusiast, this is an awesome opportunity to meet and hear from gaming superstars.”
The Robotics and League of Legends Showcase is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Concessions will be available for purchase during the event. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win prizes.