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The Robotics team is an affiliation dedicated to the educational benefits of the students involved in the field of robotics. The breadth of which includes the application of theoretical knowledge in mechatronics, electrical circuits, and programming; thus being beneficial to the majors of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Science. These Majors consist of well over half of South Dakota Mines' students and alumni.

We are highly involved with the community in many different ways. First, we participate in city parades, like the Red Ribbon Parade, and M-Week Parade. We also help stage a yearly Mall demonstration to get the CAMP name out in the community as well as offer information to people interested in robotics. We compete in Annual competitions, namely the IEEE robotics competition. Fundraising is also a large part of our community involvement by selling food and raffle tickets for various items.

The Robotics team is dedicated to the use of hands on learning. The skills that our team members gain through this process, the products that our teams output, the unique and innovative ideas that our teams bring to the table, the opportunity we provide our students to apply their knowledge in prestigious ways, the rapid prototyping methods that we are now capable of because of generous support, and our trophies which stand as a testament to the first rate experience and education that has been and is now taking place through the South Dakota Mines Robotics team.

Robotics team is heavily involved in the application of theoretical knowledge- mechatronics being one of the most integral parts of our processes. The applications of mechatronics include work with sensor guided systems, typically infrared, which may both guide a robots path and implement certain key functions. Also included is the use of mechanical dynamics which include: framework design (building a frame useful for certain hardware integrations), motor design (effectively setting gear ratios, torque, power, angular velocity, etc.), and hardware integration (effectively placing doors, wheels, catapults, flippers, legs, etc.).

Another key field of knowledge that we work with heavily is Electrical Circuits. We design the circuits to integrate with and control the mechanical components of the robots. All participants are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge of circuit-board creation and the design software used to make the process plausible at the level of our competition.

And finally we work with Programming. Working with the programming of the PIC chips in its own language PIC-C, we are able to effectively control a robot either by automaton or remote control.

The South Dakota Mines' Robotics team is a vital part of campus education and entirely consistent with what CAMP and South Dakota Mines stand for. Its regional accomplishments speak for itself- the result of the combined efforts of its sponsor’s funds and its student’s minds. But the most invaluable thing of all is the unmistakable experience and education that its members walk away with- stepping into the world as an active and constructive participant to its good; there is no greater idea than this for an institution of higher learning. 

Meeting: Thursdays 4pm in McLaury 113

Competition Website (IGVC)  |  Competition Website (IEEE)  |   Student Org Website

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