Robotics teams compete at statewide open house


Special to The Advocate

April 28, 2013

There were flying robots, swimming robots, robots that shot flying discs, robots that did pull-ups and robots that picked up and moved small objects at the National Robotics Week Open House.

Fifteen teams of robotics students, both high school and college, participated in the statewide event Saturday organized by Red Stick Robotics and the LSU School of Engineering and held under the live oaks behind Patrick F. Taylor Hall on the LSU campus.

A robot parade, attended by about 100 participants and their friends and family, got underway at noon. Next came a demonstration of the Baton Rouge Police Department’s SWAT and bomb squad robot.

“Robotics is for everyone, not just the gifted and talented students,” said Jason Devillier, executive director of Red Stick Robotics. “Fifteen years ago, we were teaching students how to use a (computer) mouse. Today, we’re teaching students how to make a mouse and they are actually creating new technology.”

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