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Nelson County High School team wins WKU 2008 robotics competition

A team from Nelson County High School won the ninth annual Kentucky Bluegrass Robotics Competition on Nov. 8 at WKU.

The outreach competition, sponsored by WKU’s Department of Engineering, provides secondary school students with a challenging engineering design experience and helps to guide secondary school teachers in teaching engineering principles.

Seventeen teams from nine area high schools participated, with more than 100 students, coaches and supporters filling the McConnell Lab in WKU’s Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences.

robotics2008The Nelson County team of Shane Dickson, Austin Mattingly and Chaz Durbin won the competition. Their coach is Charlie Cantrill.

For the 2008 Kentuck-E competition, each team built a robot using nearly $1,000 worth of motors, controls and construction materials provided by WKU. The robots had to pick up and move a variety of objects over several rounds of competitions with other schools’ robots.

Mechanical Engineering faculty members Chris Byrne, Robert Choate and Kevin Schmaltz, Civil Engineering faculty member Shane Palmquist, Electrical Engineering faculty member Michael McIntyre, and Engineering Department engineering support staff members Chris Moore and Ron Rizzo directed the department’s efforts, with more than 100 WKU engineering students helping to build the game surface, set up for the event, and judge and feed the participants.

Teams from Warren Central, Warren East, Spencer County, Hart County, Old Union, Barren County, Nelson County, Metcalfe County and the Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science competed in the event.

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