Engineering 101 Robot Throwdown

During the Fall semester, first-year engineering students in Introduction to Engineering have been learning about the engineering design process by working with LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots. These activities culminated in the first Engineering 101 Robot Throwdown competition.

In this competition student-designed autonomous robots competed against each other by driving across a playing field and collecting points as they gathered color disks and delivered them to special areas on the field. To succeed on this challenge, teams designed and built robots that used several motors, incorporated a variety of sensorsand programmed the behavior of the robots.