LSC Hosts 16th Annual Robot War Competition for LSC and High School Students

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 08, 2019 06:23 PM

Lake Superior College (LSC) hosted its 16th annual robot wars competition Wednesday at the downtown campus where 15 teams battled it out to see which robot would be the last one standing in the competition.


Four of the teams were from regional high schools like Mesabi East, Cromwell/Wright, Proctor and Wrenshall. The rest were LSC integrated manufacturing students.

Students start off in teams and come up with a design for the robot. Once they complete the design they make a 3D model. Once they complete the blue print of the robot, students are allowed to build them in the LSC Machine Shop.

The competition was about making the toughest robot with the best weapon to last through all the battles.

"It's about which one defeats the most in the time slot. The one that causes the most damage. Some robots will get incapacitated and will get shut down and then it's a process of elimination. We run a bracket,” Max Udovich, an LSC machine tool tech instructor, said.

Each team had a different fighting mechanism to beat the other robots, using tools like blades, chains, and hammers.

"Our robot is the Tasmanian Devil. Our weapon is spinning. We call it a spinner. It has hammers on the outside so we spin it around and try to hit the other robots,” Jay Thro, an LSC integrated manufacturing student, said.

"Our robot can drive on both sides and it has more power when it's spinning up. It has taken parts out of robots. It’s a heavy hitter,” Ryan Annexstad, an LSC integrated manufacturing student, said.

"Sparten is a ramming battle bot. We have the bottom to kind of flip them but usually it's more to ram the battle bots,” Ryan Lossing, a Mesabi East High School student, said.

Some of the robots took a serious beating. Parts fell out and smoke would come out of some of the robots after battling.

"We lost our first match because our battery slid out but we're fixing that now and hoping to come back and try to win,” Lossing said.

After each round, teams had to give their robots a tune up and make sure they were back in shape to battle again.

"We won both matches. The second one I didn't think we were going to win because we got pinned twice or maybe three times, but we batted it a lot more and had pretty good blows on them,” Andrew Doty, an LSC integrated manufacturing student, said.

Besides enjoying the competition, the biggest takeaway for these students is the skills and hands-on experience they gained in designing their robot.

"They get to see what their hard work produces. They get to work together as a team and see what others have done. They've all learned some type of skill and part of the trade, welding, machining, engineering,” Udovich said.

“We’ve had a lot of fun. We have a great team, came together and came up with a great idea. I think it came together pretty well,” Thro said.

Below are the winners of the event:

1st Place Team Winner: Robot Deadly Pizza, LSC

2nd Place Team Winner: Robot Doorstop, LSC

3rd Place Team Winner: Robot Tasmanian Devil, LSC

Best Workman Ship: Robot Ricky, Mesabi East High School


Alejandra Palacios

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