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April 15, 2004
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Tech Team To Demonstrate Third-Place Robot Today
Today, the South Dakota Tech robotics team will demonstrate "Flash,” the robot that finished in third place during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers regional robotics competition held recently in Oklahoma City, Okla. The demonstration is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Old Gym on campus.
Dozens of teams representing universities in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota entered robots in the Oklahoma City competition. Tech entered three robots. While "Flash” finished third, “Vader” and ��Fresh Meat” did not place in the standings.
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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