February 20, 2014
Students Win Robotics Competition
Wentworth students Jenny Tran, BEET ’16, Kevin Quach, BELM ’14, Kevin Yang, BELM ’14, Edgar Fuentes, BEET ’16, and Alex Young, BEET ’16, built a pair of robots that fought to victory at robotics competition VEX U in Worcester on January 10. The team competed against Quinsigamond Community College, Keene State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.
Team members–all of whom are members of the Wentworth chapter of the Institute of Electrical and electronic Engineering (IEEE)–spent the majority of their winter break building the robots.
“I love working with the team I have,” said Tran, VEX U team leader. “They’re so dedicated.”
VEX U targets college students with engineering interests. Teams participate in a series of one-on-one competitions featuring various obstacles and scoring options on a 12-by-12 foot arena.
Each team creates two robots that work collaboratively to score points. Wentworth’s team built one 15-by-15 inch robot and one 24-by-24 inch robot. The smaller one was a tank with a rotating and extendable arm, and was primarily used to place small and large balls into the cylinder goal on the field. The larger robot was used to push the balls across the field to the goal zones, and to hang on the railing at the end of the match, which the team did successfully each time.
“I liked getting to see our ideas come to life,” said Tran.
With the January 10 win, the team was invited to the VEX U World Championships in Anaheim, Calif., in April. The team plans to hold a video game competition, as well as an IEEE T-shirt sale to raise funds for the trip.
The Wentworth VEX U team will also compete in another VEX U competition on Friday, February 28, in Worcester.
- Dennis Nealon