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April 14, 2003
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Tech Team Wins Robotics Competition
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology won the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers regional robotics competition held this past weekend in New Orleans, La.
Thirty-seven teams representing universities in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota entered robots in the competition. Tech entered three robots, and won first prize with the entry "Hammerhead.” Tech students Ben McGregor, a Computer Engineering major from Box Elder, and Joe Faddoul, a Computer Engineering major from Rapid City, built Hammerhead.
The other Tech robots, Flash and Twitch, suffered last-minute technical problems that prevented them from qualifying for the competition finals.
Teams had to design and build autonomous robots that could follow a black line track in the fastest time possible. The track contained various intersections, line disappearances, ramps and turns. Each of these situations was preceded by a symbol on the track that the robots could detect. The robots needed to interpret and act on the symbols correctly to achieve the most efficient path to the finish line.
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