EP. 7: Why Case robotics rocks

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WHY CASE
ROBOTICS ROCK

Not long ago, the robotics team at the Case School of Engineering was a modest club struggling to compete. Suddenly, it’s a national high achiever and one of the largest student groups on campus. What happened?

 

Leadership helps. So does winning at exciting competitions. Robotics enthusiasm has swept the country and robotics clubs are booming at many high schools and colleges. But the robotics team headquartered at Sears think[box]—CWRUbotix—has soared faster and higher than most.

 

Last year, the team finished fourth at the national NASA Robotic Mining Competition, after placing 5th the year before. At the metal-busting national Combat Robot Tournament, the team from Case placed first—for the second straight year.

 

When it comes to collegiate robotics, CWRUbotix ranks among the elite. Much of the credit goes to Rhys Hamlet and Andrea Norris, two engineering students who lead the club. They keep more than 70 members busy designing, building and perfecting robots that can move, dig, attack and defend.

 

“We’ve been really trying to push the envelope to see what’s possible” and that attracts science and engineering students, said Rhys, the club president.

 

“When you build something and it actually works and goes on to do well in competition, that’s kind of addictive,” said Norris, the club treasurer and president-elect.

 

Join us as we talk with Andrea and Rhys about how to build a team that can build great robots in an age of robotics.

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