EDT Piques Interest at the UIC Involvement Fair

Over one hundred and forty one students expressed interest at joining the UIC Engineering Design Team at the recent UIC Involvement Fair.    When asked what drew him to EDT, one new member simply said: “…because robots are cool man.”

And we have to agree.

Learn more about the involvement fair and UIC Events: http://www.uic.edu/depts/campusprograms/funfair/funfair.shtml

Planetary Mining Anyone?

EDT is proud to announce its inaugural entry into NASA’s fifth Annual Robotics Mining Competition.

In this pursuit students will be creating a mining robot capable of operating remotely, with the goal being to mine at least 10 kg of simulated Martian regolith and depositing it in a bin approximately 0.5 meters above the surface, all within the 10 minute time frame.

While the primary goal of the competition is to mine as much regolith simulant possible, ancillary goals include promoting excitement and awareness around the often isolated STEM projects, and to also bring prestige and exposure to the University of Illinois Engineering Department.

We are excited to be competing in this NASA sponsored event featuring applied robotics, and hopefully we can showcase the talent, skill, and hard work of University of Illinois at Chicago students.

Click to learn more about NASA Annual Robotic Mining Competition: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/technology/lunabotics.html#AboutTheCompetition

Robotics Bootcamp

To meet the needs of a rising member base former EDT and UIC alumni Nick Novak has

donated his time to teach new students about robotics. This program is a crash course in integrating concepts from Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science.

In addition to teaching, Bootcamp also offers new EDT members a place to apply their knowledge of engineering. This idea is realized by having Bootcamp teams work on special projects, including designing a mobile workstation to be utilized in all of the robotics competitions. Special Projects is a section of EDT run by society treasured Paul Gorski. Both Paul and Nick act as advisors to help these teams in their design/build process, and to ensure success of their goals. In this way we hope students can gain experience in how to physically implement the concepts discussed in their engineering classes.

This may be Bootcamp‘s first year, but we are already excited about it as a society, because we feel that it helps UIC students, especially underclassmen, gain often neglected hands-on experience.