Central Lakes College and the Center of Excellence at Bemidji State University hosted the Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp July 9-13 at the Staples campus of CLC. SEaM camp is for students in grades 6-12 and this year accepted 26 participants. It is an opportunity to experience hands-on electronics, motor controllers, mechanical drafting, manufacturing machining, and robotics automated systems.
Participants built their “Battlebots” from kits having hundreds of parts. They worked in teams of two, under the direction of CLC instructors and mentors, to assemble a robot that is customized to travel an obstacle course and survive Battlebot and Robot on the last day of camp.
Campers received expert instruction in mechanical drafting to design a personalized name plate to put on their robot. They were instructed on robotics and automated systems in the areas of electronics and low-voltage motor controllers with demonstrations in automated welding and industrial robots.
During Battlebot competition each pair of students control a Battlebot robot in maneuvering through an obstacle course of cones, ramps, and tunnels. Awards are given to the top three finishers.
Baxter – Deryk Hetland, 13; Gus Robinson, 12.
Brainerd – Rochester McLain, 12; Nick Finken, 13; Hanna Kennedy, 14.
Browerville – Anna Stevens, 16.
Canby – Kegan Scheler, 16.
Carlos – Eric Pachan, 12.
Ham Lake – Kara Sticht, 14.
Little Falls – Charles Koenig, 16.
Long Prairie – Brandon Kurowski, 18.
Nisswa – Hackett Cook, 15; Austin Dominoe, 14.
Parkers Prairie – Brandt Smith, 14; Tyler Smith, 13.
Pequot Lakes – Jonah Lelwica, 16; Jordan Lelwica, 15.
Pillager – Brady Bordwell, 15; Jaden Streed, 12; Eli Uban, 12; Matthew Hughes, 12.
Pine River – Galen Newbold, 13; Ewan Newbold, 11.
Randall – Drew Ward, 13.
Wadena – Gage Grunst, 14; Stephen Spilman, 14.