MVCTC students build robots to compete in Xtreme Bots Combat Robotics Battle

By Kelly Herzog - For MVCTC

DAYTON — The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Robotics & Automation students competed in the Xtreme Bots Competition on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Wright State University Nutter Center.

The event is hosted by Ohio Robotics Inc., whose goal is” inspiring students to pursue STEM careers in advanced manufacturing.”

According to the Ohio Robotics Inc. website, “Xtreme Bots offers students an opportunity to design, build, problem solve, develop teamwork and hopefully crush the competition in a 3-minute battle. Similar to the nationally televised BattleBots, Xtreme Bots are 15 lb robots, generally with a weapon, that compete in three-minute battles throughout the day.”

The MVCTC Robotics & Automation students participating included junior class members:

• Tyler Baldsare, Milton-Union

• Conner Barnett, Valley View

• Ava Benner, Twin Valley South

• Aiden Carter, New Lebanon

• Liam Clark, Miamisburg

• Jacob Fritts, Miamisburg

• Kevin Gati, Northmont

• Gillian Heineman, Vandalia-Butler

• Dakota King, Milton-Union

• Devin Lambert, Milton-Union

• Malachi Orban, Milton-Union

• Harry Phillips, National Trail

• Craig Posey, Eaton

• Makenzee Richards, Vandalia-Butler

• Sean Stauffer, Vandalia-Butler

• Caleb Taylor, Miami East

• Seth White, Thurgood Marshall

• Adam Wilson, Franklin Monroe

MVCTC Robotics & Automation Instructor Van Henderson, said, “Students love XtremeBots combat robotics, and they learn while fully engaged in problem-solving and team-building. STEM training at its pinnacle.”

The MVCTC Robotics & Automation program introduces students to robotic applications in manufacturing, material handling, welding, computer numeric control (CNC) programming, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), SolidWorks design software, data acquisition and analysis, and work cell development. Students have the opportunity to earn certification from Motoman – FS100/DX100 Basic Programming with Material Handling, FANUC – Handling Tool Operation & Programming, and SolidWorks Certified Professional Associate.

MVCTC would like to think partners DRMA, Ohio Robotics, Dysinger Tool, Staub Manufacturing, Mr. Bryan Jackson, and Wright State University for sponsoring this great educational event.

By Kelly Herzog