A team of six students from across several fields of study spent part of the summer assembling Eugene, a soccer-playing robot. They assembled subsystems to collect the ball, move and shoot the ball (and learned just how powerfully it could shoot!) and the frame that carried this all, as well as integrating the controller.
Okay, it’s not actually a soccer ball, but that information doesn’t seem to deter Eugene or the students.
“The students have been developing technical skills as well as project management and collaborative teamwork capabilities,” said Megan B. Lyster, instructional designer for experiential learning at the Center for Community Engagement. She advised the team with Associate Professor of Physics Ashley Carter, who gathered the team as a way of exposing her students to hands-on engineering.
They first replicated an existing robot design based on guidelines for the 2018 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Design Competition and went on to create Eugene according to their own original design.