"Gentlemen, start your robots". This was the call on April 22nd, 2009 at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina. Students enrolled in EGR 111 ENGINEERING COMPUTERS AND CAREERS (2-2-3) designed, built, programmed, tested and entered their individual team robot into a tournament. Two robots at a time faced off in a six minute timed bout to see who could move more rubber handballs onto the opposing team's territory. The contest consisted of the standard two losses and out tournament rules.
Tarheelz 1 pictured in the background is the brainstorm of Team 8 consisting of students left to right John Stewart, Gordon Price, Jason Brittian, and Richard Ellis. The engineering project lasted from January 13, 2009 until May 5, 2009. The students in this field are studying to be technicians in the Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology field at Cleveland Community College. Students in this class gained valuable insight on what it is like to work in the engineering field in a teamwork environment. Instructor Mitchell Sepaugh instituted this program in order to help his students gain much needed experience on what it means to be a technician in the electronics field. The class, students and robot tournament is sure to only get better with each coming year.