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. The audience will have opportunities to interact with the robots throughout the weekend.
The competition will include the reigning NRL National Champion: the robotics team from North St. Paul High School and their robot UC3, which went undefeated in the national competition held May 5-6, 2012, in Indianapolis, IN.
WHO: Teams of at least 3 students (middle school, high school or college) and 1 technical adviser. Local and national teams from across the country will be competing.
1 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, (Competition Rounds 1-5)
1 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, (Competition Rounds 6-9)
4 – 5 p.m. Sunday May 20, (Championship Rounds 10-11 & awards ceremony)
WHERE: Rotunda in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.
The Midwest Robotics League is sponsored and managed by Dunwoody College of Technology.
Calling all Twin Cities high school students interested in robotics:
Dunwoody College is offering free Saturday training sessions to any high school student actively participating in robotics. This can include the Midwest Robotics League, FIRST Robotics at any level or just a general interest in engineering, design, electronics or robotics. Mentors and parents are welcome to attend, but the hands-on portion of all activities are reserved for the students.
Topics include: basic electricity, Solidworks design, shop skills, industrial robotics and an introduction to LabVIEW.
Courses take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and the dates for the seminars are: Oct. 15, 22 and 29; Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
For details and to RSVP, email E.J. Daigle, director of Manufacturing & Robotics, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Compeition. Rugburn advances to the nationals which will be held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA Nationals in Kansas City, Missouri on June 21 through 23.
For photos of the event, view the Flickr photoset. Also view the KARE11 video featuring two Dunwoody students.
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.
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
William Morris, Marketing Communications Specialist
About Dunwoody: Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit, technical college in the Upper Midwest. For more, see www.dunwoody.edu or @dunwoodycollege on Twitter.
Dunwoody College of Technology’s robots Rugburn and Billet will compete for the top prize at the North America Robotics National Competition May 2-3, 2009, at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Dunwoody’s robots will engage in what organizers call a “destructive testing process” against 38 robots created by teams of middle school, high school or college students from across the United States.
The competition will be held from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Best Buy Rotunda of the Mall of America. The general public is welcome to stop by and watch the competition.
Rugburn (pictured) earned the title 2008-2009 Midwest Robotics League Champion after overcoming Uppercut’s 9 point lead at the Midwest Robotics League (MRL) Championship held April 12. The MRL season runs from October to April and consists of one competition per month. The Rugburn team is composed of Dunwoody College students Kris Branstetter, Mike Rhode, Casey Combs, Steve Lunseth, Josh Bartlett and Ben Kirchner with advisor Al Jaedike. Dunwoody’s other robot, Billet, came in fourth overall at the league competition. The Billet team includes students Tom Wagar, Mark Walstron, Jake Hawthorne, Josh Hervey and Andrew Karst.
The Midwest Robotics League was formed by the MPMA (Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association) to give students a chance to put their technology skills to use building robots that compete against other students’ robots. The league is for educational programs from middle school through college. The robots, which must be 15 pounds or less, are designed, built and fight each other in a destructive testing process. Trouble shooting is a key to advancement in the competition. Students need to identify failed parts and fix them for the next round.
The national competition is sponsored by the National Tooling and Machining Association.
Click here to see Dunwoody’s Flickr set from the regional competition.