WKU Engineering Honors Society students, led by society president Aleksi Paaso, worked with Mechanical Engineering faculty Kevin Schmaltz and Department of Engineering staff Ron Rizzo and Chris Moore to conduct the ninth annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on Feb. 21 at the WKU Center for Research and Development.
Elementary and middle school teams were given the challenge of building an autonomous robot from LEGO Mindstorm kits to navigate a skate board park course as quickly and accurately as possible. This year, 175 students competed on 41 teams in the “Engineer-in-Training” division for elementary school teams, and the “Professional Engineers” division for middle school and more experienced teams.
In addition to the students on teams, more than 150 coaches and parents attended the event. Over the past month students and coaches have also come to the Engineering and Biological Sciences building to test their robots at help sessions offered by WKU Engineering. Since the competition kickoff in December, well over 600 students, coaches and parents have visited WKU for this event.
Winners in the EIT (Engineers In Training) Division: Cumberland Trace Elementary (Chandler Clark, Stephanie Dukes, Todd Kessler, Anthony Marcum, Isabelle Mason, Lucas Smith)
Winners in the PE (Professional Engineers) Division: Warren East Middle School (Blake Chasin, Elijah Edwards, Cody Elrod)