Missouri S&T’s Combat Robotics team earns second at regional event

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Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Combat Robotics Design Team recently earned second place at BotsKC, an industry-driven robotic fighting competition that was held in late April in Pleasant Valley, Missouri. 

In addition to earning second place overall out of 26 teams, Missouri S&T’s team earned third in robot battles and first in engineering documentation. This was the team’s first-ever robot build and first year taking part in a competition – the team was formed in the spring of 2020.

Missouri S&T’s robot, named Ankle Grinder, competed in the 15lb division at BotsKC. During the competition, the S&T robot went through several rounds of fighting-style competitions against other teams’ robots. 

The Combat Robotics Design Team at BotsKC, a Kansas City regional competition. Photo by Tom Wagner, SDELC at Missouri S&T.

The BotsKC competition paired Kansas City-area manufacturers and students to design, build and battle robots in gladiator-style contests while teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills and aiming to building a larger STEM workforce. For more information about the competition, visit botskc.org. 

The Combat Robotics Design Team is one of the 19 student-run teams in Missouri S&T’s Student Design and Experiential Learning Center (SDELC). The SDELC, housed in the Kummer Student Design Center, provides teams with computer design laboratories, a manufacturing shop, office space and logistical support. Design teams mirror small start-up companies that plan large-scale projects, organize into departments, raise funds, communicate their ideas and solve open-ended design challenges. Almost every team competes annually at an event against other collegiate teams from around the country and the world. For more information about the teams, visit design.mst.edu.

The following S&T students are a part of the team:

— Collin Brockman, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Pleasant Hill, Missouri

— Brendan Duvall, a freshman in engineering from Carthage, Missouri

— Christopher England, a junior in nuclear engineering from Farmington, Missouri

— Hannah Erst, a junior in mechanical engineering from Germantown Hills, Illinois

— Tristan Fox, a freshman in mechanical engineering from O'Fallon, Missouri

— Matthew Helbig, a junior in computer science from De Soto, Missouri

— Greg Hilmes, a senior in computer science from Florissant, Missouri

— Gabe Holst, a junior in metallurgical engineering from Strafford, Missouri

— Dylan Horne, a senior in mechanical engineering from Cuba, Missouri

— Michael Johnson, a freshman in computer engineering from Kingston, Missouri

— Levi Madden, a junior in mechanical engineering from Lee's Summit, Missouri

— Winston Penrod, a sophomore in physics from Kansas City, Missouri

— Andrew Phillips, a senior in electrical engineering from Springfield, Missouri

— Connor Pittman, a freshman in computer engineering from Joplin, Missouri

— Josh Rehwaldt, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Lee's Summit, Missouri

— Brandyss Sherman-Hall, a freshman in electrical engineering from Lee's Summit, Missouri

— Payton Stropes, a freshman in engineering from Lee's Summit, Missouri

— Tyler Wascom, a junior in engineering from Lee's Summit, Missouri.