The Computing Cappuccino – Learning Arduino

The Robotics Design Team’s Computing Division is happy to welcome over a dozen new members this semester. With IGVC on the way, Computing Division leads Chris and Jonathan want to give these new members experience with the combination of computer software and hardware. By using Arduino UNO” the computing team has begun its 3-week workshop process by inputting and outputting various types of real world signals. Towards the end of the training the members of Read more…

New Year, New Challenge – IGVC 2017

With every new school year comes a new set of challenges, and for the Robotics Design Team, it’s preparing for the 2017 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, or IGVC for short. The competition takes place At Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on June 2 – June 5, 2017. The contestants must design an outdoor terrain vehicle of at least 3 feet long, and navigate though an obstacle course, 100% autonomously. This means no member of our Read more…

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Robotics BBQs, Retrieves Frisbee From Lake

A week ago, the Robotics team held a barbecue in Schuman Park. For the people who showed up, there was food, board games, and gusts of wind strong enough to blow cards halfway across the pavilion and push a frisbee into the lake. The ensuing scramble to retrieve the frisbee took teamwork, engineering acumen, and a lot of duct tape. We eventually used a fishing rod duct taped to the end of a wooden beam with a hook made Read more…

Rolling Out at Minerama!

This past Friday was Minerama, the student involvement fair which is held at the start of every semester at Missouri S&T to show students all of the various organizations in the community that they can be a part of. Though many clubs, teams, and societies had booths, we’re pretty sure we’re the only one that let people drive a robot! When students came to our booth, they were able to use an XBOX controller to Read more…

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015

The past week has been extremely busy as we hit the road to take our new robot, unofficially dubbed “Moonshot”, across the country from our campus in Rolla, Missouri to NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center on the Florida coast. The competition involved remotely controlling our mining robot to make it collect sandy regolith (mineral dust) from a simulated Martian surface and depositing as much of it as we could in a collection bin. We were among teams Read more…

Moonshot Progress

  Hello all! Our newest robot is almost up and running! Currently, it can drive, but when we’re done with it, it’s gonna dominate!! Here’s some pictures and video of the robot in its current state.   Here are the videos: IMG_2496 IMG_2498

New Robot Drives Anywhere Without Turning

Though we obviously have a few big robots we’ve built for competitions, we at Missouri S&T’s Robotics Competition Team now have a much smaller addition. Our new pint-sized robot, which we’ve given the name Micro Prime (or μPrime), uses an advanced drive mechanism called swerve drive. Basically, this means that it can immediately go in any direction. Micro Prime simply turns all of its wheels to point towards where it needs to move (its wheels Read more…

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