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WKU Engineering Honors Society conducts 16th annual robotics competition

Students from the WKU Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society worked with Engineering faculty and staff to conduct the 16th annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on Feb. 27 at Drakes Creek Middle School.

Elementary and middle school teams were given the challenge of building an autonomous robot from LEGO Mindstorm kits to navigate two different surfaces based on the Star Wars movies: (1) an autonomous course to either navigate a planned path or to cross an obstacle field as quickly as possible to reach the Death Star and (2) a test of reaching as many different Star Wars characters through robot programming in 2 minutes as possible.

A total of 65 students competed on 23 teams in either the “Engineer-in-Training” division for Elementary School teams, or the “Professional Engineers” division for Middle School and more experienced teams.

Winning teams are:

  • EIT Division—Johnson Homeschool team of Elizabeth Johnson
  • PE Division—Drakes Creek team of Trenton Dambrowitz

In addition to the participants, more than 150 coaches and parents attended the competition.  The competition kicked off in early January, and many of the students, coaches and parents visited the Engineering and Biological Sciences building to test and prepare their devices at help sessions offered by WKU Engineering.

Contact: John Inman, (270) 745-3048

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