Illiana robotics class places first in local competition

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by Grant Gibson, Illiana journalism student

LANSING, Ill. (April 26, 2018) – Although their class is only in its second year, Illiana robotics students took their knowledge to South Suburban College’s annual robotics competition and captured the first-place trophy, beating 19 other teams.

Seniors Rylee Benes and Max Men pose with their second-place-winning robot. (Photo provided by Rylee Benes)
Class members achieved runner-up status in the Sumo Survivor, Pathfinder, and Catapult events, and won the Autonomous Racer event.

“I thought we’d do okay going into it,” said Rudenga, “but coming out of it, I thought we did great.”

“We represented Illiana very well—and this is only our second year of robotics,” said senior Austin Ohm.

Students started building their robots, specifically to each assigned event, a month prior, and they constantly adjusted them in hopes of perfect performance. “[Revision is] part of design,” said Rudenga.