Dunlap Robotics Team Brings Home a Trophy

Jack Brand and Zach Farmer

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During spring break, Dunlap Robotics team D.E.R.T. 2040 won third place at the Midwest Championship at the University of Chicago. There were 53 other competing teams in the tournament with Dunlap winning the awards of Most Creative Robot and Pit Safety.

 

The game is won by robots putting totes, which are big blocks, onto scales and switches. At the last 30 seconds of the match, the robots from each team must hook onto a bar and lift itself 12 feet from the ground to win the game.

 

This is a challenging feat, especially when you only have 6 weeks to build it. And with this short window to create a robot, malfunctions are bound to happen such as it did during the competition.

 

Zoe Brand, the electrical lead of the team, said: “In Midwest, one of our motors started to smoke just before we started to climb.”

 

She said there was also an issue with one of the mechanical arms. “We also had our arms break due to being smashed against the wall by another team.”

 

Luckily they had more arms.

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