Penn State Harrisburg

South Central PA Robotics Competition winners announced

Penn State Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) joined with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to host the third South Central PA Robotics Competition on Nov. 16 at HACC’s midtown campus in Harrisburg.

Students from HACC and high schools throughout the South Central Pennsylvania region were asked to program a robot to perform five tasks in sensing, movement, and control as quickly and accurately as possible.  Top prizes went to the following teams:

  • First place team: Quentin Howze (Harrisburg High School), Will Puderbaugh (Lower Dauphin High School) and Adam Williams (Bishop McDevitt High School)
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  • Second place team: Jacob Greenisen (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School), Natalie Ketner (Hershey High School) and Cody Lutz (Middletown Area High School)
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  • Third place team: Matthew Dominguez (HACC), Jeremy Shaver (Middletown Area High School) and Brandon Spalding (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School)
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  • Fourth place team: Nick Barber (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School), Russell Kolacek (HACC) and William Shader (Susquenita High School)

Faculty from HACC, Dauphin County Vo-Tech, Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech, and Penn State Harrisburg organized the event.  Students from Penn State Harrisburg served as mentors and judges during the competition, which was designed to strengthen relationships between the region’s students and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

The competition was sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology, HACC, IEEE, ACM, ASME, FCI Electronics, Volvo, Amphenol InterCon Systems, Johnson Controls, and Phoenix Contact.