Dunwoody College’s robot, Rugburn, placed second out of eleven local robotics teams that competed Saturday, May 15 at the Mall of America in the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Regional Competition. Rugburn advances to the nationals which will be held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21 through 23.
The Midwest Robotics League (MRL), sponsored by Dunwoody College, is one of six educational robotics leagues in the country. The league is for students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The National Tooling and Machining Association oversees the National Robotics League (NRL). Monthly competitions are held each year from November through April with a regional competition in May.
The Dunwoody College Phoenix Challenge team took first place at this year’s competition. The team was charged with redesigning, printing and converting a custom line of hotel hygiene products. The team put sustainability at the forefront of their work making the brand and packaging environmentally friendly, economically sounds and graphically appealing.
Dunwoody College also won two Silver Excellence awards, one for the printing of the Oh lay! Premium Orange Juice label and one for design for the Minnesota Vodka label. Each college had a booth at the convention where they could advertise their college and their programs. The schools were also judged on their booth design and its effectiveness. Dunwoody also took second place in the booth competition.
Shawn Oetjen and Kent Esby were also recognized at the Excellence in Flexography Education Achievement Awards for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the printing industry.
Cool Stuff at Dunwoody tags along with students from the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Servicing and Heating/Air Conditioning Systems Design programs for a visit to Uponor, a company that makes products for radiant heating and cooling systems. In the video, Steve Swanson demonstrates how to add a coupling to the PEX-A tubing that Uponor manufactures.
Great visuals: Robots created by middle school, high school and college students battling each other; Free to the public. Sponsored by Dunwoody College of Technology.
WHAT: Teams pit 15lb robots against each other in head-to-head matches in an arena. The match lasts 3 minutes or until one robot is knocked out or taps out. The competition is double elimination and the winner will go on to the national competition held June 21-23 in Kansas City, Mo. For more details, see: http://www.midwestroboticsleague.org/
WHO: Teams comprised of at least 3 students (middle school, high school or college) and 1 technical adviser from across the Upper Midwest. Teams this year include entries from Waseca, Ramsey, Maplewood and even one coming all the way from Burlington, Ill.
WHEN: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15 (championship match and awards ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Sears Court in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.
Al Jaedike, Principal Instructor of Engineering Drafting & Design
Members of Dunwoody College’s SkillsUSA team went one-two in two competitions and took first place in the Quiz Bowl at the statewide SkillsUSA competition held April 9-11 at various locations across the Twin Cities. Dunwoody’s first place winners will go on to compete at the national tournament this June in Kansas City.
Here’s the full list of results:
Dunwoody College (Post-secondary Competition)
First Place Winners Architectural Drafting – Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating)
Quiz Bowl – Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Kyle Bodie (Architectural Drafting and Estimating), Phillip DeLeeuw (Automated Systems and Robotics), Jonathan Hill (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Technical Math – Michael Moreen (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Second Place Winners
Architectural Drafting – Matt Barlau (Architectural Drafting and Estimating)
Technical Math – Jim Stenstrom (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Residential Wiring – Joseph Quinn (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Third Place Winners
Construction Blueprint Reading – Kyle Fitzpatrick (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) Honorable Mentions
Automotive Service – Ben Anderson (Automotive Service Technology) and Matt Jants (Automotive Service Technology)
Collision Repair – John Woolcook (Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing)
Residential Wiring – Joe Provo (Electrical Construction and Maintenance)
Dunwoody Academy (High School Competition)
First Place Winner
Architectural Drafting – Kevin Lach
Automotive Service – Joe Carlyon
Last Wednesday (April 7), 47 volunteers from Dunwoody College traveled to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals. The volunteers packed 100 boxes — enough to feed 59 children for a year or over 21,000 meals.
The afternoon of service was organized by Dunwoody’s Student Government Association.
A total of 29 Dunwoody College students will be competing this weekend at the Minnesota regional tournament for SkillsUSA in a variety of contests. In addition, Dunwoody College will host the Internetworking Skills Contest at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 10, and the Telecommunications Cabling Contest (also at 8 a.m. Saturday). All contests and the awards ceremony are free and open to the public.
The competitions students will be competing in (plus the number of students participating) are:
Automotive Service Technology (2 , +1 alternate)
Residential Wiring (3)
Industrial Motor Control (3)
Telecommunications Wiring (2)
Collision Repair Technology (4)
Architectural Drafting (4)
Quiz Bowl (1 team)
Technical Math (5)
Blueprint Reading (3)
In addition, two Dunwoody Academy students will compete at the high school level: one in Automotive Service Technology and the other in Architectural Drafting. For a full schedule, download the Skills USA Minnesota PDF schedule.
Many thanks to Dunwoody SkillsUSA advisers Polly Friendshuh, Bridget Reynolds, Heather Gay, Austin Lutz, Denny Stenquist, Phil Yeager, Bob Brandon and Bruce Graffunder. And to Rob Bentz for hosting and judging the Internetworking contest and Phil Yeager for doing the same for the Telecommunications Cabling contest at Dunwoody. Should any Dunwoody students win the state competition, they will compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in June in Kansas City, MO.
In other SkillsUSA news, Senior Electrical Construction & Maintenance Instructor Polly Friendshuh has been named to the National Education Team for Residential Wiring.