Artificial Intelligence class names robotics competition winners

IMG_4865-web KEARNEY – The UNK Department of Computer Science and Information Technology has announced winners of its “Tilt-a-Hurl Too” robotics competition.

In its 13th year, the March 16 event included students from the artificial intelligence class.

IMG_6428-webRobots followed the Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium 2015 robotics competition specifications, which has robots shooting three-point shots on a tilted robotic basketball court.

CSIT student teams designed, built and programmed robots that autonomously attempted to find a ball, find the basket, and then shoot the ball from behind the three-point line.

Student teams used advanced programming techniques and designed their robots to respond to various sensors, including gyro, tach, touch and light sensors, said Department Chair Sherri Harms.

“Students must develop the interplay between the physical design of their robot and the mental capacity they programmed into the robot in solving a problem.”

Some of the students will compete April 10 at the University of North Dakota against student-built robots from a seven-state area in the regional MICS robotics competition.

Winning teams of the UNK competition included:
Alliance – Michael Odell
Crete – Gerardo Quintero
Kearney – Ben Bomberger, Abi Pofahl

Kearney – Quinn Feikert, Adam Zheng
Rockville – Natalie Hanisch

Bridgeport – Dan Harshbarger
Kearney – Jake McCann
Norfolk – Jake Korth


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,

Contact: Sherri K. Harms, Chair Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, 308.865.8123,

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