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Recent Events - IGERT Robotics Hackathon

IGERT Robotics Hackathon
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
9am-2pm
Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (Basement of Curtis Hall)

The Soft Material Robotics IGERT program kicked off the Spring 2013 semester with a Robotics Hackathon, giving current IGERT trainees and associates an opportunity to meet faculty members affiliated with the program. The day began with a brief overview of the SMR IGERT program, presented by Prof. Barry Trimmer (Biology). This was followed by a series of short presentations by faculty members on how their particular areas of expertise are being applied to the field of Soft Material Robotics.

Attendees then formed into cross-disciplinary teams for a robot-building competition. Robots were required to crawl along a string and attempt to dislodge an opponent's robot coming in the opposite direction. A fearsome team of undergraduates held their own against the graduate student team and the faculty team.

 
Left to right: Graduate students Kyle Alberti, Cody Canning, Okuary Osechas, Whitney Crooks, Dieter Schuldt, Fallon (Schuler) Durant, and Emily Pitcairn   Left to right: Undergraduates Chiamaka Chima, Leslie-Anne Flego, Cody Chen, Kevin Gau, Dominic Guri, Quinn Wongkew and Tim Kou with their string-crawling robot overhead