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Mini-Urban Challenge National Competition

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

First place winners   Second Place winners

Two robotics teams from South Miami Senior High finished in First and Second Place at the 2012 ION Mini-Urban Challenge National Competition held at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. All students are enrolled in Mr. Rolando Pedraza-Cruz computer programming classes. The teams repeated their performance from the Florida Regional competition back in March. They were the only two teams with a composite perfect score of 500 points. The first place prize was $2,500 and the second place prize was $1,000.

The Mini-Urban Challenge is a national competition sponsored by The Institute of Navigation and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory that challenges high school students to design and operate a robotic car to autonomously navigate a model city. The cars are developed using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education kits that are provided to high school teams free of charge.

To find out more about the competition, or how to get your school to participate, please visit