Mechanical engineering students are designing robotic football players to eventually participate in the Intercollegiate Robotic Football Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame. These games, played entirely by robots, consist of eight players on each team that also compete in drills to measure speed, agility, strength and throwing accuracy. The robots are designed to be controlled by a micro-controller that is connected to an XBOX wireless controller. The goal is for mechanical engineering students to build new robots each year to participate in the robotic football competition.
As Mount Union’s first year with this project, mechanical engineering students Ryan Schroer, Nathan Lorah and Glenn Hatala have built two of robots, and competed at a skills combine at the University of Notre Dame.