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May 19, 2023

K-State robotics team to compete at nationals after sweeping regional competition

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

A group from the Kansas State University Robotics Competition Team will compete for a national championship this weekend after sweeping first and second place at its regional competition in April.

K-State will send a team to compete in the 'Burgh Bash — BotsIQ National Championship on the campus of Rosedale Technical College in Pittsburgh from May 19-20. The team qualified after taking first place at the BotsKC regional event.

The regional event is a double-elimination, single-combat battle tournament bracket. For each battle, two teams put their robots into opposite corners, and the first team to break, flip or otherwise incapacitate the other robot wins. If time runs out before there is a clear winner, a panel of judges declares a winner.

The squads from the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering competed in the 15-pound weight class. In addition to head-to-head battles, they competed in video interviews and written documentation segments.

Team Power Kitten Mark III was the grand champion, taking first place in the battles while also winning the documentation segment. Team Takeoff, also from K-State, finished in second place.

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