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Friday, May 23, 2003

Tech's robot builders take to the tube this weekend - dtucker
Weekend showings of “Robot Rivals” on the Do-It-Yourself Network will showcase Louisiana Tech competing against Southern Utah in a robot-building contest.

The competition can be seen today, May 23, at both 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday at 9 p.m. and midnight; and Sunday at 6 p.m.

Team members are Nick Tullos, Benton; David Briscoe, New Iberia; and Louis Landry, Slidell. The team represents a host of Tech students, including team alternate Mangilal Agarwal of India, who helped prepare for the timed competition. Ben Choi, an assistant professor in computer science, helped oversee the team’s preparation.

The team’s assignment: Build a robot that can climb nine steps and break a confetti-filled balloon. Besides basic supplies and tools, the team will get a surprise household object to tear down for parts. The more parts used, the more points and the more time the team gets. Previous surprise objects have included a sewing machine.
From left: DIY's Buzz Dawson and Tech robot team members Nick Tullos, David Briscoe and Louis Landry.

The series producer said designs Tech submitted had an edge over some designs he reviewed. “The good thing about what Louisiana Tech gave us was it was really simple,” DIY’s Larsen Jay said. “Some of our teams overthink it or neglect to look at the whole picture.”

Les Guice, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, praised Choi and the team members for their work. “We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to their building off this to do even better next time,” he said. “This is really a terrific learning experience that greatly expands what they get in a traditional class.”





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