Robotics teams race to the dunes

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CU engineering students were hustling to build a robot from scratch this spring to compete in the sixth annual Colorado Robot Challenge on April 7.

The course isn’t easy, either. With the tallest dunes in North America, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Alamosa presents numerous obstacles from steep hills and blowing sand
to rocks and holes of various sizes. The park was also used as the test site for NASA’s Viking Landers.

Eighteen student teams competed in the challenge, which is organized and supported by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. The consortium’s goal is to give undergraduate students progressively
more difficult challenges that will prepare them to work on NASA space missions later in their careers.

The Colorado Space Grant Program hosted workshops in Boulder and Pueblo last fall to provide teams with a foundation and ideas for robot design.

>See a video of the competition below.


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