2012 Competition Results

 

2012 COMPETITION SUMMARY

Gizmo, built by UNI Chemistry graduate student Kevin O'Conner has now won both the 2011 and the 2012 competition.  A main competitor has been ExpSpurt, sent by Rick Brooks. ExSpurt won 2008-2010, and ExSpurt has continued to be a strong competitor in our competition.

The 2012 competition had a record number of builders (30) and a full slate of robots (32).  Visiting robots were Blackout (Tracy Eib of Bourbon, Indiana), DAABOH (Andrew Black from Northern Ireland), ExSpurt Mule (Rick Brooks of Fort Wayne, Indiana), Junkbot 1 and Junkbot 2 (Bradford Howland, Cedar Falls IA) and Gizmo (Kevin Junck, student at the University of Northern Iowa).  These visiting robots are greatly appreciated because they set a standard for our students, and encourage our students to 'elevate their game.'

For our students, and faculty, the visiting robots provide the 'spice on the cake.

Of new robots built by students during 2012 the overall winner was Matthew Even, who is just completed double majors in Physics and Geology.  Matthew is the third of four 'Even brothers' receiving, or intending to receive Physics degrees from UNI!  (The fourth brother, James was a freshman at UNI during 2011-2012.)  Matthew will also be heading off to graduate school, aiming at a PhD in geology.

2012 VIDEO

1.  CHANNEL 9 SHORT NEWS VIDEO CLIP

A brief, entertaining 2012 video clip from Cedar Rapids Channel 9 TV can be viewed at:

  http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Robot-Rumble-at-UNI-148207785.html 

2. COMPLETE VIDEO RECORD 

The link to the two hour and thirty minute video record of the  competition is:

https://media.uni.edu/Play.aspx?VideoId=236

If the video  doesn't open immediately, dial down the list of Categories on the left hand side, until you come to UNI Robotics (2)

3.  PLAY TABLE for the 2012 Competition

A Play Table, providing the media player clock time for each match is attached below.

Then under Categories, go down the alphabetical list to:  UNI Robotics.

Additional information about the 2012 event is below.

The 2012 competition had a record number of builders (30) and a full slate of robots (32).  Visiting robots were Blackout (Tracy Eib of Bourbon, Indiana), DAABOH (Andrew Black from Northern Ireland), ExSpurt (Rick Brooks of Fort Wayne, Indiana), Junkbot 1 and Junkbot 2 (Bradford Howland, Cedar Falls IA) and Gizmo (Kevin Junck, student at the University of Northern Iowa).  These visiting robots are greatly appreciated because they set a standard for our students, and encourage our students to 'elevate their game.'

For our students, and faculty, the visiting robots provide the 'spice on the cake.

The winning robot was Gizmo, also winner of the 2011 competition, and built by then robotics student Kevin O'Connor.  Kevin has now graduated from UNI.  So I consider Gizmo to have been a 'visitor' in 2012.  Kevin  graduated with a Chemistry master's degree.  2012 second place was won by Matthew Even, who is just completed double majors in Physics and Geology.  Matthew is the third of four 'Even brothers' receiving, or intending to receive Physics degrees from UNI!  (The fourth brother, James was a freshman at UNI during 2011-2012.)  Matthew will also be heading off to graduate school, aiming at a PhD in geology.

Representations of the plaque awards that will be provided to Kevin O'Connor, and Mathew Even are attached below.

It should be noted  that ExSpurt, winner of three previous competitions, and second place over all robot during 2011, gave our students a serious run again this year.  Rick Brooks sent ExSpurt (rather than ExSpurt Mule) this year, and made ExSpurt even more adventurous, producing an exciting result.