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A Robotics Team made up of QVCC engineering students took 6th place out of 19 teams at the American Society for Engineering Education's annual Model Design Competition held in Indianapolis on June 16. This national competition is open to freshmen and sophomores at both two-year and four-year colleges.

Club members met throughout the spring semester to design and build a robot that could navigate a track as quickly as possible while avoiding randomly placed obstacles.

Thanks to the generous support of the QVCC Student Government Association, Westminster Tool, and the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA), the team was able to travel to Indiana to attend the competition. Their robot—Dimensional Drift— used ultrasonic rangefinders, an infrared emitter/detector array, and PID feedback control to beat out over two-thirds of the field.

"This was an incredible showing from a dedicated group of students," said Jakob Spjut, Robotics Club advisor and instructor of engineering.

Pictured (left to right) are Jonathan Snyder, Tony Dean, Jakob Spjut, Aaron Bravard, and Mike Stenner. Not pictured is team member Logan Morrow. 

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