SCC robotics teams finish on top in robot race

From left is Brendan Connelly, Julio Acosta, Heidi Rodriguez, Doran Cole, Renee Sailus, and Tim Raymer (submitted photo)

From left is Brendan Connelly, Julio Acosta, Heidi Rodriguez, Doran Cole, Renee Sailus, and Tim Raymer (submitted photo)

Two Scottsdale Community College robotics teams finished in first and second place in the Robot Race Obstacle Course category at the Avnet TechGames April 2.

The teams, coached by SCC Robotics Club Faculty Advisor Bill Johnson, were among 11 student teams participating in the challenge at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. Other teams were from Arizona State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Advancing Technology and sister community colleges Mesa, Glendale, Chandler-Gilbert and South Mountain, according to a press release.

The Robot Race Obstacle Course gave teams five hours to build, program and test a robot of their own design. The robots then ran two courses, navigating distances, turns and various challenges.

SCC Team Robotics, made up of Renee Sailus, Tim Raymer, and Doran Cole, won the maze course and scored the most combined points to edge out Team SCC2 for the win. Each team member from Team Robotics won a $1,000 scholarship.

Team SCC2, made up of Julio Acosta, Heidi Rodriguez, and Brendan Connelly, won the robot race part of the competition.

Both teams will demonstrate their robots in action at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, in CM463. Those interested in robotics should stop by, talk to the club members and see school mascot Artie the Artichoke make a “Mad Max” run.

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