Robotics Competition

Robotics competition Alfred State College conducted its first Robotics Competition on campus in April.  Organized by faculty members Matthew Lawrence, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department; Bradley Thompson, assistant professor, Electrician, Computer and Robotics Technician Department; and Thomas Murphy, instructor, Building Trades Department, the event drew 35 students representing eight regional high schools as participants.  Each team was given robot kits donated by Alfred State College and criteria for a business plan, during a meet-and-greet event earlier in the semester. The eight teams' robots competed in a basketball challenge and an elevation game (where Styrofoam® bricks were stacked by the students' robot creations).  Eleven Alfred State College robotics students (Derrick Cunningham, Leroy;  Kevin Howard, Arcade; Jason Ide, Hornell; Kyle Kern, Mt. Morris; Ross Lentz, Wellsville; Andrew Schafer, Shortsville; Chad VanBuskirk, Andover; Russ Boorom, Hamburg; Ramel Dunn, Brooklyn; Devon Hurley, Salamanca; and Mike Peck, Geneva) helped referee the games. Teams were also required to present a business plan for marketing their creations; criteria for the business plan included a poster, background and purpose as well as market analysis and strategy, development and production, financial data, and organization and management details.  Business plans were judged by three Alfred State College senior Business Department students: Allison Byron, Arkport; Amanda Laurini, Churchville; and Jackie Brown, Knowlesville. The overall winner was Wildwood Education Center, Hornell, comprised of students Erin Bailey, Nate Palmer, Shane Cochran, and Andy VonHagn.  Hornell High School, and Williamson High School (PA) took second and third place, respectively.  Other participating schools included Canisteo-Greenwood, Genesee Valley Central School, Edison Tech, Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES, and Portville High School.  VEX Corp. donated the trophies and parts for the playing field and parts for the elevation game.  Lunch for participants and their advisers was provided by ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprise and Services, the campus dining, vending, and transportation provider).  Other support was provided by the ASC Schools of Applied Technology and Management and Engineering Technology and by a gender equity grant under the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments of 1990 administered by the NYS Education Department.