LSC Robot Battle Promotes Diversity In Manufacturing

By KBJR News 1

May 12, 2013 Updated May 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
Gentle–people, start your engines.
Then proceed to do your best to stop everybody else's engines.
Actually, they're electric motors rather than engines and this is Lake Superior College's annual battle of the bots.
It's hosted by the school's machine technology program and it pitted LSC against several Northland high schools.

"They're learning engineering, welding, machine tools, electrical and they're taking all those core concepts and putting that together as a team." said LSC instructor Max Udovich.

Each team then tries to stop the others with a variety of weapons inside a Plexiglas arena.
Lydia Klaven of Hibbing's team learned a lot in her engineering class at school.

"We designed the robots and then we had to design a light house for our first project and now we're designing solar heaters." said Klaven.

The completion of the solar heaters will have to wait until Hibbing's three bots named Train Wreck, Armageddome and Alpine Star finish their battles.
Like every other team, though, their bots are getting eaten up by an LSC creation named Honey Badger.

"When the all the dust, smoke and metal shavings had settled, Honey Badge turned out to be the grand champion." said reporter Dave Anderson.

In a way, Hibbing's Lydia Klaven was a champion, too, as one of an increasing number of young women who are taking part in battle bot building and the engineering behind it.

"It's a good sign that industrial technology is for everyone, both male and female alike and we should see more of that in industry." said Udovich.

Klaven hopes more young women get into the field and mix it up with the young men in the arena of good natured destruction.

"If you want to do it, do it. Don't care if there's not too many girls in it!" said Klaven.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

On a more peaceful note, Lake Superior College also hosts a task robot competition every year, too.