Globetrotting with Missouri Engineers

Ireland by Chance

University of Missouri students and their dueling robots. University of Missouri students and their dueling robots.

For the past three summers, Dr. Robert O’Connell has conducted study abroad programs here in Dublin.  His programs engage engineering students from the University of Missouri.

A fight to the finish. A fight to the finish.

This year, when Bob asked Dublin Institute of Technology lecturer Gavin Duffy to tour the students around the engineering facilities at DIT, Gavin leapt at the chance to apply Problem-Based Learning (PBL) techniques.

Gavin rallied his colleagues, and our RoboSlam team provided the Missouri students with a three-hour workshop on robot construction.

Since we had limited time to deliver what normally takes a day, Drs. Ted Burke and Damon Berry had pre-programmed the micro-controllers for the students. As a result, the students were able to focus on assembling the components and then streamlining their robots bodies for improved performance.

We culminated the event with a heavy weight Sumo competition.

Drs. Damon Berry and Bob O'Connell chatting after the RoboSlam event. Drs. Damon Berry and Bob O’Connell chatting after the RoboSlam event.

In this event…

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