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Penn College hosting ‘SWORD’ fights

Pennsylvania College of Technology will feature battles of ingenuity later this month when it hosts SWORD Fall Fights 2018.

Approximately 50 combat robots will “fight” in the double-elimination tournament that is open to the public. Trophies and gift certificates will be awarded to the top three finishers in the 1- and 3-pound weight classes.

The event is scheduled for the college’s Field House on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Combat robots compete at Penn College’s Field House in a Fall 2017 event. The competition, sponsored by Student Wildcats of Robotic Design Club, returns Nov. 17 as SWORD Fall Fights 2018.
Combat robots compete at Penn College’s Field House in a Fall 2017 event. The competition, sponsored by Student Wildcats of Robotic Design Club, returns Nov. 17 as SWORD Fall Fights 2018.

“The competition draws talent from many different programs across campus,” said Craig A. Miller, instructor of engineering design technology and adviser to the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design Club, which is sponsoring the event. “Students use the talent and skills that they have acquired in the classroom to succeed at the competition.”

They also use a variety of materials.

“Basically, whatever the students can get their hands on, they will use to build the robots,” Miller said. “That includes steel, aluminum, titanium, plastics, 3D-printed materials and more.”

The public is invited to compete against the students by registering at online. The cost is $20 per robot. Registration is not required for spectators, who may attend the event free of charge.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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