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MINI “BOBOTS” ENGAGE IN TUG OF WAR
TCC students and Virginia Beach teens designed robot cars for sand duels
|Rodney Douglas (center), TCC engineering student took first place in the competition, with Michael O’Toole (right), from Cox High School placing second and Michael Foglietti and Sam Serman (not shown), both TCC students, placing third.
Students wire their contraptions for the next “pull” through the sand. A total of 34 individuals or teams competed in the pulling competition.
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|TCC’s Rodney Douglas battles it out with Cox High’s Michael O’Toole during one of the final rounds of the "bobot" competition.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (April 5, 2007) – During the college’s first mini-machine tug of war competition, held April 3, teams of students from Virginia Beach high schools and TCC’s engineering program pitted their “bobots” against one another, fighting to pull a vehicle or other device over “the line in the sand” in a 15-second duel.
The design contest, held by TCC’s Engineering Club, tests student skills at many levels – from building their contraptions within specific criteria (some built cranes or wenches, while others put together mini vehicles), to networking and learning from each other, to good sportsmanship.
The “bobot” contest kit included a DC motor from JameCo Electronics that powered each device. Judges started the “pulls” by turning on power to the motors, then clicking it off after 15 seconds.
Rodney Douglas, TCC engineering student took first place in the competition, with Michael O’Toole, from Cox High School placing second and Michael Foglietti and Sam Serman, both TCC students, placing third. A total of 34 individuals or teams competed in the pulling competition.
The high schools and TCC partner on a number of engineering projects each year, utilizing the technology and expertise at TCC and the Advanced Technology Center.
Tidewater Community College
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of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC
ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the
college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
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