Wright State students to participate in NASA robotic competition

From left, Wright State Robotics Club members Mike Wagner, Tyler Doerman, Brian Shivers and Ryan Hendrickson (along with Logan Rickert, not pictured) will participate in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. SUBMITTED
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From left, Wright State Robotics Club members Mike Wagner, Tyler Doerman, Brian Shivers and Ryan Hendrickson (along with Logan Rickert, not pictured) will participate in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. SUBMITTED

FAIRBORN – Five Wright State students will get the opportunity to visit NASA in May to participate in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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The Wright State Robotics Club includes Ryan Hendrickson, Tyler Doerman, Brian Shivers and Michael Wagner, who are mechanical engineering majors, and Logan Rickert, a computer science major.

This will be the fourth year Wright State students will participate in the competition. The team will enter into the competition a modified and updated robot designed by previous Robotics Club members.

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Fifty teams representing colleges and universities from around the country will participate in the competition, including teams from Purdue University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Florida and Virginia Tech.

Competitors must build a robot that can be controlled from a distance since the robot must dig through a deadly substance. Students can increase points if they design a self-controlled robot.

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The project is supported by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and from donations from engineering companies.

CASEY LAUGHTER