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Lean, mean fighting machines show mettle in robotic arena

Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Ralston, with his first-place trophy
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
Two 3D-printed robots battle it out for 2 minutes.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.
McCray gets his robot ready for its next fight.

Students in Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies claimed the top spots in Saturday’s Plastics Ant-Weight Competition, sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design.

Placing first was Jack P. Ralston, of Bloomsburg, who said, “I feel that the club gives us a way to apply and expand upon what we learn in class.”

Other high finishers were Wesley S. McCray, of Corry, second; and Kyle D. Carter, of Levittown, third. Ralston and McCray are engineering design technology majors; Carter is enrolled in electronics and computer engineering technology: robotics and automation emphasis.

Another engineering design technology student – Preston J. Evey, of Lamar – took home “Most Destroyed” honors.

Craig A. Miller, instructor and department head of engineering and industrial design technology, said all of the robots entered into the COVID-safe event had to be constructed of parts that were entirely 3D-printed.

“‘Ant weight’ refers to the weight of the robots in the competition,” he explained. “‘Ant-weight’ robots cannot weigh any more than 1 pound in order to be legal entries into the class.”

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