RIT Engineering Technology Freshman Build, Compete Robots

Competition to take place Nov. 12 during final exam week

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Rochester Institute of Technology freshmen didn’t waste any time putting their creative energy to work. First-year students in RIT’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology spent their first quarter building small autonomous robots, known as TekBots. And now, they’re preparing to compete them against each other.

The competition, which features a drag race, tractor pull, bump-n-run event and an obstacle course, will take place at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in rooms 2230 and 2240 of RIT’s Louise M. Slaughter Building.

The students built the robots as part of the ExCiTe class, an introduction to electrical, computer and telecommunications engineering technology.

“An important educational aspect of this course is that students are able to apply engineering concepts very early in their academic career,” says Mike Eastman, the department’s chair. “This type of course helps them see the value of an engineering education and understand the purpose of the difficult math and science courses they take.”

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in covering this competition should contact John Follaco at (585) 475-4948.