Competition for the best-performing robot held April 11

Posted: April 3, 2015

Teams of first-year Ohio State honors engineering students will compete in 21st annual robotics competition 

First-year honors engineering students Chris Baldwin, Quincy O’Malley, Tanya Suri and Faith LeMay complete robot performance testing in Hitchcock Hall.
First-year honors engineering students Chris Baldwin, Quincy O’Malley, Tanya Suri and Faith LeMay complete robot performance testing in Hitchcock Hall.
The Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) will be transformed into a remote Arctic operations base as teams of first-year engineering honors students compete to see which student-built robot can best complete the required tasks during The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s robot competition.

Teams of three to four students will set their robots in motion around a student-built 12-square-foot course that simulates a base of operations in a desolate Arctic area. The fully autonomous robots have just two minutes to perform specific tasks, including restoring the main power by raising a utility pole, delivering supplies to a maintenance building, communicating the outside weather conditions to the base and restarting an oil pumping station. The robots are limited in size to a 9-square-inch footprint and constructed of various materials, including sheet metal, PVC, acrylic, plywood and Erector set components.

The single-elimination tournament competition will determine which team has designed the best robot to meet the competition specifications. 

The event is the culmination of a challenging semester-long design-and-build project for freshmen honors students that puts their new engineering skills to the test and gets them excited about the field of engineering.

The event is open to the public; traditionally, several hundred spectators are on hand.

WHAT: First-Year Engineering Honors Student Robot Competition

WHEN: 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015

  • 12:00 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.: Random preliminary round matches 
  • 4:15 to approx. 5:30 p.m.: Single-elimination tournament 
  • 5:45 p.m.: Presentation of awards

WHERE: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), 337 W. 17th Avenue, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Parking is available at the Neil Avenue Parking Garage or the Tuttle Park Place Parking Garage at an hourly rate.

Editors: Photographers and videographers are welcome to attend the event and take photos or video during the competition. RSVP to schutte.9@osu.edu or 614-247-6445. Download an event fact sheet at http://go.osu.edu/robots15.

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