RENO, NV - University of Nevada Engineering students took 1st place at a robot-design competition Saturday, beating other teams from schools like Stanford and UC Berkeley.
The students had to design an electronic MicroMouse that could learn the fastest way to get to the center of a 12 foot by 12 foot maze.
The electrical engineering students learn about sensors, motor design, computer chips and programming all semester, and part of the challenge is putting all of those skills together into a tiny machine with wheels that can quickly map out a course.
"They have to have a motor design, they have to have basically a computer on board that remembers everything, they have to remember how to use the control system application in order to be able to design the mouse," said Mehdi Etezadi, Ph.D, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at UNR.
UNR's MicroMouse is named "Nevada Blue." It took Nevada Blue just 22 seconds to get to the center of the maze, two seconds faster than any of the other teams.
Alexandr Bajenov and Eric Chalko are the engineering students on UNR's team.