Local Engineering Students Design Fire-Fighting Robot

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio - Three Cedarville University senior electrical engineering students placed fifth in the 8th Annual Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Competition held recently in Hartford, Conn. The competition is considered the largest of its type in the world. The Cedarville University team, consisting of Jerred Davis of Huntington, W. Va., Roy Mwangi, of Nairobi, Kenya, and Nathanael Weygand of Chittenango, N.Y., competed in the senior division with 65 other robot-building teams. The team was advised by Dr. Clint Kohl, a Cedarville resident and assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University. More than 126 robots were registered in four different divisions. Teams from around the U.S. and seven foreign countries designed, built, and programmed robots to autonomously navigate around a model house, detect a burning candle randomly placed in one of the rooms of the house, and extinguish it. The teams earned points by completing the task as quickly as possible and overcoming a variety of obstacles and challenges.