Students in Bill Rakonczay's Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center came home victorious from the Monroe Community College (MCC) Sumo Bot Competition.
MCC's Applied Technologies Center hosted the Sumo Bot battle. The criteria was that the robot had to fit into a shoebox and weigh 3.0 kg. The bots battled for one minute and had to knock the competitor off the table. "It was a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition," explains Mr. Rakonczay. "The students had to design a battle bot. I had the seniors design two and the juniors design two. There were a lot of engineering principles and math principles. Out of 20 Sumo Bots we had two of our bots place, first and third. Not too bad."
Two of the students drove the car. Although they got to receive the awards, it was a group effort says Mr. Rakonczay. "The students were very excited. It felt good. There was a lot of work that went into it, so it was really rewarding to see all that hard work come to fruition."