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Robotic Football: An Inter-university Design Competition Experiment

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Active and Project-based Learning

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.1135.1 - 25.1135.11



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John-David S. Yoder Ohio Northern University

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John-David Yoder received all of his degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio. He has previously served as Proposal Engineer and Proposal Engineering Supervisor at Grob System, Inc., and Software Engineer at Shaum Manufacturing, Inc. He has held a number of leadership and advisory positions in various entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently a KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network) Fellow, and has served as a Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and an Invited Professor at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Monbonnot, France. Research interests include computer vision, mobile robotics, intelligent vehicles, entrepreneurship, and education.

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James P. Schmiedeler University of Notre Dame

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Michael Milo Stanisic University of Notre Dame

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Robotic Football: An inter-university design competition experimentRobotics competitions have grown significantly over the past decade. The FIRST competition hasinspired many K-12 students, robotic soccer competitions have spanned the globe, and variousprofessional organizations, including ASME and IEEE, have included robotic competitions in their studentdesign competitions.At a large private university, a robotic football competition was initiated in the spring of 2008 as themain design project for the capstone course for all senior mechanical engineering students. Afterrepeating the competition in 2009, the coordinating faculty at a private university desired to reach outand include another university in the next competition. To do this, it was decided to invite a team ofstudents from a small private university to design three of the robots for the team. This paper describesthat process.The format of the competition was changed to accommodate this arrangement, putting the robots intoa “combine” and then a draft to select teams rather than assigning teams from the beginning.Scheduling was a challenge, since the small private university operates on the quarter system and has ayear-long capstone project, while the large private university has a one-semester course. Furthermore,rules were changed “on-the-fly” to try to accommodate the cross-university project.The competition took place in the spring of 2010 with mixed results. One team was “mixed” betweentwo universities, and that team lost the competition. There were a variety of reasons for this, only someof which were related to the team being made up of students from both schools. Students weresurveyed on their learning experience on both teams, and the results of that survey will be presented inthe paper.The two universities are moving forward with a competition this year in which each school will field afull team. While that is just starting at this point, some preliminary findings will be included in the finalpaper, and results can be presented at the conference.

Yoder, J. S., & Schmiedeler, J. P., & Stanisic, M. M. (2012, June), Robotic Football: An Inter-university Design Competition Experiment Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21892

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