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SPC Levelland wins robot competition

Members of The Hispanic Titanic team captured the trophy during the Tin Man Robot VII Competition held recently at South Plains College Reese Center. The Hispanic Titanic represented the Levelland campus in the contest. (SPC Photo/Wes Underwood) Members of The Hispanic Titanic team captured the trophy during the Tin Man Robot VII Competition held recently at South Plains College Reese Center. The Hispanic Titanic represented the Levelland campus in the contest. (SPC Photo/Wes Underwood)

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REESE CENTER – The Hispanic Titanic team was crowned champions in the Tin Man VII South Plains College Robotics Class Robot Battle. The event was held Dec. 9 in Building Six on the Reese campus.

The contest featured six teams representing students in the electronics technology program from both SPC campuses and three teams from Plainview High School – the first high school team to compete in the event.

The Orange Teams represented the Reese campus, the Blue Teams represented the Levelland campus and the Red Teams represent Plainview. A panel of three judges was comprised of Krystyn Scott, SPC student from Water Valley; Randy Reeves, an SPC alumni and member of the Advisory Board and Marshall Ellerd.

The winning Blue Team, The Hispanic Titanic, was comprised of Tanner Jackson of Levelland, Kody Fields of Earth, Casey Merritt of Dimmitt and Carlos Quintana of Smyer. The Hispanic Titanic defeated Mustang 1 – American Muscle 2 team comprised of Brett Ferguson, Kalen Riley, Grant Ratliff, Matthew Little, Taylor McCasland and John Thobes, all of Plainview High School. This was the first competition in which all teams from the Reese Center campus were eliminated after the preliminary rounds.

The Electronic and Manufacturing Technologies Program includes the Robotics course as part of the electronics curriculum. Among the concepts introduced range from what is a robot through the construction of a home-made Computer Numerical Control machine. A CNC Machine is a machine that uses a computer to control its motions and associated with milling and cutting machines. Industrial robotics is emphasized throughout the curriculum.

For more information, contact Bill Tackett, instructor in electronics technology at Reese, at (806) 716-2297.

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