Students competed in NASA Robotics Challenge
Engineering students competed in NASA Robotics Challenge
Posted on 04/28/2018
Engineering students competed in NASA Robotics ChallengeOn April 14, SPX engineering students competed in NASA's Colorado Space Grant Consortium Robotics Challenge. Held at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the location simulates a Mars like environment that the Mars rovers experience every day. The challenge is designed to further robot development and challenge teams to learn about electronics, programming, and operating in a difficult environment.

On the frigid Saturday, 23 Colorado colleges and universities, one club, and one high school, St. Pius X, entered the competition. Most teams opted out of the difficult competition course, but SPX students trusted their design and entered the course. The Sartan robot found the target one time, which was better than 75 percent of the participants.

Navigation issues were dealt with on site by students, which allowed the robot to continue competing. The permitted student modifications allowed the robot to improve mid competition, and will be added to next year’s design. After the competition, the robot was challenged by the students with a successful 400 yard endurance crawl on the dunes.

If you’re interested in participating next year or taking engineering classes, contact faculty member Larry Sanchez. The team consisted of Caleb Baca, Hendrik De Bruijn, Michael Freisinger, Sean Goodyear, Santana Larranaga, Bryan Limbaugh, Arianna Matthews, Adan McKnight, and Jesse Robinson. 

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