Fayetteville State University (FSU) has been chosen to compete in the first NASA Swarmathon Physical Competition. The competition, which is designed to enhance STEM education in universities and also help NASA develop the next generation of robots, will be held for the next three years with possible continuation. Each year the competing teams will develop advanced algorithms for the control of swarm robots and submit these algorithms to NASA for testing and ranking. This last phase will be held each year in the Kennedy Space Center where teams will converge for a week in April.
“Schools were selected in a highly competitive application process,” said Melanie Moses, Principal Investigator for the NASA Swarmathon Challenge and Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. “Teams were selected based on technical qualifications and teaching experience of the faculty mentor and proposed plans to engage students and succeed in the Swarmathon Challenge. We received an impressive set of applications and were only able to award physical robots to the very best teams.”
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