Robot Showdown 2002 Will Demolish two Yale Buildings to Make Way for New Engineering Building

“Robot Showdown 2002,” an annual engineering competition to be held May 1 in Davies Auditorium in the Becton Center, 15 Prospect Street, will feature 33 Yale students using their robots to demolish two Yale “buildings” to make way for a new engineering building.

The action takes place on an 8’x 8’ game board at 4:30 p.m. The Yale buildings are miniature replicas of buildings in the Hillhouse, Trumbull, Prospect and Grove Street areas. The demolition and building work will be done by robots designed and constructed by Yale students in Glenn Weston-Murphy’s “Mechanical Design Studio” class.

“The students are given four sites to build on. Each site and each building material is worth different points,” said Weston-Murphy, lecturer in mechanical engineering and an engineer with more than 20 years industry experience in the United States and abroad. “The object is to come up with a combination of locations and materials to earn as many points as possible. We’ve taken students who may not have built anything before and brought them to a point where they can see the results of what they built in action. To see that process evolve is very gratifying.”

The students will use full-size two-pound bricks and one-ounce H beams to construct the new engineering “building”.

Soccer-playing robots built by electrical engineering students in Professor Roman Kuc’s “Embedded Systems” class will also compete against each other in a soccer “shoot out” during a break in the Robot Wars competition. Nine students who’ve built their own circuits and sensors will participate in a game where the robot has to find a soccer ball, aim it toward a goal and shoot. “The object of this game is to shoot five goals as fast as possible,” said Kuc. This event will take place between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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