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Second-year Engineering Technology student, Nathaniel Clark, and Engineering Technology Instructor, Andrew Breon

Second-year Engineering Technology student, Nathaniel Clark, and Engineering Technology Instructor, Andrew Breon

South Hills Community News Release

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Engineering Technology (ET) students at South Hills School of Business & Technology are given complex design and assembly projects for numerous courses. In their Mechanical Design course, ET students are tasked with designing and building robotic vehicles that are capable of retrieving an object. Students are given freedom to make design choices regarding the type of drive system, placement of the vehicle's wheels, steering system, and retrieval method.

The vehicles are radio-controlled with servo steering (power steering) and have a servo-controlled gripper with tilt. The teams then run their vehicles through an obstacle course with several different challenges, one of which is to use the vehicle's gripper to retrieve a ball and return with it to the finish line.

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