Students in EAC’s Introduction to Engineering course build “robot golfers”
By Todd Haynie
THATCHER, AZ— EAC's Introduction to Engineering (EGR102), taught by Dr. Jack Bailey, offers students an opportunity to learn about the engineering profession and apply the engineering design process to various projects.
The culminating project this semester was a competition, entitled “RoboGolf”, to design and build a robot made of LEGOs™ that could gather golf balls and deposit them in a small cup. The cup was a two and a quarter inch hole in the center of a playing field that was four feet by eight feet wide.
Seven teams of two or three students designed, constructed, and programmed their robots over a two-month period. The project ended with the competition between teams in the two sections of the course. Two robots competed against each other, so that each team played a total of six rounds.
The winning team was Dane Householder, of Thatcher, and Matt Stott, of Silver City, NM, with a robot that deposited 28 golf balls.
For more information about EAC’s Engineering program, contact Dr. Jack Bailey at 428-8226.