Missouri S&T’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, 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.
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 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.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.