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Sparking Interest in Middle and High School Students Using a Robotics Competition Dr. Mark McKinney, Dr. Robert Barsanti. Team America – The Citadel. Matthew Besnard Billy Ray Hopkins Joseph Riser Marc Smith. Overview. Introduction Background The Competition Lessons Learned

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Sparking Interest in Middle and High School Students Using a Robotics CompetitionDr. Mark McKinney, Dr. Robert Barsanti

Team America – The Citadel

Matthew Besnard

Billy Ray Hopkins

Joseph Riser

Marc Smith


  • Introduction

  • Background

  • The Competition

  • Lessons Learned

  • Plans for the Future

Team Two – The Citadel

David Bunn

Franklin Culick

Brian Elender

David Huffman


  • Lego robot competition began in 2003

  • Means to stimulate interest in ECE

  • Held along with other E-Week festivities

  • Focus on programming not mechanical design

Team Tupperware

Brett Burleigh

Travis Gregg

Kevin Sundeen

Devin Wilson


  • The Citadel is a Military Teaching College in Charleston, SC.

  • Two Engineering Departments

    • Civil and Environmental

    • Electrical and Computer

  • Host annual E-Week Activities for 350 local middle and high school students

Dev. Group – The Citadel

Justin Gonnelli

Alexander Grimes

Darron Raines

Thomas Suggs

Citadel Winners


The Field

Lego Robot Masters – Berkeley Middle/MCSC

Katherine Touchberry

Rebekah Nobles

Abby Nobles


The Robots

  • Educational Lego Mindstorm Kits

  • Each robot capable of batting and fielding

  • Kit contains a programmable brick, software, 2 DC motors, 2 light sensors, 2 touch sensors, gears, and lots of legos.

Just Josh – Berkeley Middle

Joshua Williams


The Rules

  • Each robot plays 3 outs as batter and fielder.

  • Order of play determined by coin flip.

  • At bat robot hits ball from tee and runs bases until an out is scored.

  • Fielding robot may capture ball to score an out.

  • Out is scored if robot fails to navigate bases, or if tee lands in outfield.

Lil Sosa – Berkeley Middle

Cody Wall

M.S. Winner!


Publicity- generating interest

  • Partnership with Math and Science hub.

  • Personal relationship with H.S. pre-engineering programs.

  • Website to provide information repository, logistics, and official rules.

  • Coordinate with The Citadels public relations dept. for local media coverage.

Trojans 1 – Cross High

Teron Ravenell

Tyler Jones


Registration Process

  • Encourage early registration. Close registration 45 minutes prior to competition start.

  • Need at least 30 minutes to organize heats.

  • Picture of team and robot.

  • Publish heats, keep teams informed of competition status.

Raptors – Academic Magnet High

Jillian Sanford

Karen Greene

Justin Whitfield

Jim Yates

Matthew Daniels

Zack Walle


The Competition

  • Ample additional hardware for repairs.

  • Access to PC’s for re-programming of robots.

  • Video projection to prevent crowding.

  • Score board for spectators and competitors.

  • Referee (with whistle) and assistant (to assure timely appearance) of teams at each field.

Old Reliable – Timberland High

William Holmes

H.S. Winner!


The Robots

  • Rugged design a necessity.

  • Accurate navigation more important than speed

  • Building a good fielder is harder than running bases.

    • Efficient search routine

    • Effective ball trapping


Post Competition

  • Trophies for winners and runner-ups.

  • Certificates of participation for all entries.

  • Best design, coolest looking robot, fastest robot ribbons.

  • The more prizes the better.

  • Winning robots recognized at e-week banquet.

Lego Baseball

Lego Baseball


  • Increased entrants (multiple fields).

  • Improved robots.

  • Cadet mentoring

Back-up slides

High School Bracket

Great One

Great One


Old Reliable


Old Reliable

Lego Baseball

Middle School Bracket

Just Josh

Lil’ Sosa

Lil’ Sosa

Lego Baseball

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