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Monday, April 25, 2011

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosted its fourth annual USI Robotics Competition

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Student Chapter of University of Southern Indiana hosted its fourth annual Robotics Competition (USI RC) April 15.

Thirty-nine teams, nearly 150 students, participated in this year's competition. The competition has grown roughly 40 percent since it started in 2008.

Teams of up to four worked together to design, build, and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot. This year's objective was "A Mission to Mars." Students were asked to develop a LEGO robot to navigate a Martian mining site to clean up debris, harvest ore, and deactivate an emergency beacon.

Three divisions were in the competition-Middle School RCX, Middle School NXT, and High School. RCX is an older model of LEGO Mindstorms and NXT is the newer model. Awards were given to the top three in each division.

Middle School RCX Division
Mutated Bears, St. Joseph School (first place)
Sydney Allison
Ashley Egler
Cole Lannert
Nick Will

RCX-perts, St. Joseph School (second place)
Matthew Ondash
Brant Rexing
Jacob Schapker

Rocky Rovers, St. Joseph School (third place)
Tanner Rexing
Tabitha Schaefer
Abby Stratman
Abigail Tenhumberg


Middle School NXT Division
Servo Sisters, Castle South Middle School (first place)
Betsy Richardson
Casey Richardson

WE PB & JS, Helfrich Park STEM Academy (second place)
Patrick Barchett
William Elfreich
Jakob Scott


Mindstorm Maniacs, St. John the Baptist (third place)
John Kalt
Nathaniel Schadler
Matthew Schadler
Brett Weyer


High School Division
Brainyaches, Homeschool (first place)
Josh Duncan
Dacie Lindner
Stephanie Schutte
Rachel Shopmeyer

Java the Hut, Homeschool (second place)
Nick Biever
Alex Flick
Jacob Marino
Isaac Morris

Robo-Vikes, North Posey High School (third place)
Nathan Buchanan
Brian Kaetzel
Pascal Maier


The competition was organized and run by USI ASME with the support of the faculty, staff, and students in the USI Department of Engineering. With the USI Robotics Competition, students have the opportunity to learn about foundational elements of the robotics field by designing, testing, and implementing LEGO robotic systems.

"I want to thank volunteers from USI ASME, the engineering department, and Alpha Kappa Psi," said Ken Schnautz, coordinator of USI RC and president of USI ASME Student Chapter. "We had 21 volunteers from USI running the four and a half hour event."

Photos of the competition can be found at https://picasaweb.google.com/usiasme/USIRC11



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