October 19, 2018

5 Takeaways from Our First Stratospheric Balloon Launch

A team of UAT students spent the summer designing a self-funded stratospheric balloon program to gather scientific data, test and demonstrate new technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Under the direction of former NASA program manager Nathan Eskue, students built, launched (and recovered!) a stratospheric balloon. Some things went right. Some did not. UAT students and faculty share their top 5 takeaways:   Define your vision. But make sure it is digestible. “If the group is unified in the end goal that they’re trying to solve, many communication issues are prevented because the team understands the big picture…

Demand for Robotics Engineers Is Growing, and It Pays Well

In the depths of the Antarctic Ocean, robotic scientists deployed autonomous robots where no human has gone before with the goals of uncovering the speed of ice loss, obtaining samples of “salinity and temperature, oxygen and some optical properties of the water, [and predicting] future sea level rise,” according to CNN. The field of robotics stretches far beyond the lair of the Emperor Penguin. Roboticists utilize emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to create smart robots that provide companionship to the elderly, help with search and rescue, crawl into small spaces, fix airplane engines, cook your food, entertain…

This Musical Tesla Coil Circuit Plays Tetris Theme Song

Musical Tesla Coil Circuit

Blog post by Robotics student Brandon Mickelsen There’s always something awesome happening in the robotics lab at UAT. As a robotics major, it’s so much fun to be a part of it. One of my most recent projects was something I’ve been meaning to build since high school, a musical Tesla Coil. You may have heard of Tesla Coils. They’re essentially large coils of wire that steps up a low voltage power source into a much, much higher voltage – on the order of thousands of volts. The coils often produce a corona discharge (an electrical arc that looks like…

UAT Robotics Team Places at Embry Riddle VEX U Tournament

Robotics team participates in VEX U at Embry Riddle

UAT Robotics students took a road trip to participate in the VEX U Robotics Tournament last weekend at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While this is not a qualifier for VEX Worlds Championship, it does earn points for qualifying for Worlds. This is the first year that UAT has competed in the early season competition. All of the teams from our league were invited. Early competition gives us the advantage of practicing against real opponents and seeing what the most successful teams are doing as we have time to iterate and improve before the State tournament in February….

“Dog Robot” Pays a Visit to STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary

Robotics and Embedded Systems student Kenneth Vorseth along with Professor Jill Coddington attended STEAM Night at Power Ranch Elementary on Thursday, Sept 21, showing off the 6-wheeled “dog robot” along. The “Dog Robot” was very exciting for the kids, and Kenneth had an excellent demo of the vision system including a good field test experience. This was a time to demonstrate robots and STEAM-related technologies. UAT faculty and students were a huge hit with the 6 wheeled dog robot as well as a vision system. Professor Coddington also enjoyed chatting with parents who work in industry and the Higley High…

Programming Students Adopt a Robotic Dog

Autonomous Robot at University of Advancing Technology

Recently a few Robotics and Embedded Systems students have adopted a dog! Well, actually, Kenneth Vorseth and Andrew Weisenberger have been working in the Robotics Lab to program and bring a robotic dog to life. If the robot were a real dog it would be considered to be highly trained in that this robot is autonomous, designed for the Autonomous Object Tracking Vehicles class at UAT. Just last week, I was walking by and saw student Kenny Vorseth (Robotics and Embedded Systems/ Game Programming) training the robotic canine how to fetch in the UAT Commons. Please watch the video to see for yourself. An update…

G33K Squad Competes in Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT G33K Squad at Southwest VEX U Tournament

UAT’s Robotics Team, the G33K Squad, took a road trip to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to compete in the Southwest VEX U Tournament on March 4, 2017. The team, along with Professors Jill Coddington and Mark Fedasiuk, spent a fun day of competing for a chance to win a spot in the VEX U World Championship. There were 12 University teams competing in this competition. Each team participated in six matches. The Southwest VEX U Tournament is the only regional tournament in our area. How does the Southwest VEX U Tournament work? There are two parts to the competition – autonomous…

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

UAT Welcomes Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative to Future You University

The Southern Colorado Girls STEM group lead by Professor Jill Coddington, UAT Program Champion in Advancing Computer Science and Robotics, spent the weekend at UAT’s Tempe campus for a Future You University event during June 10-13, to offer these students a taste of the technology-infused innovation that surrounds our students each and every day.  These 17 middle school students won a STEM competition and their prize was a technology-filled experience at UAT. Over the weekend, the girls participated in workshops and seminars, campus tours, a weekend stay in UAT Founder’s Hall dormitory, Veggie car races, a 3D printing demo, Innovation Games,…

VEX U Championship Results

Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship

The UAT Robotics Team (The G33K Squad) competed in its second Southwest Regional VEX-University (VEX U) Championship on Saturday, March 5, coinciding with the commencement of Spring Break at UAT. Five dedicated UAT Robotics students who took the VEX Competition class during the fall semester, formed the core team, built the robots and competed in the VEX U event. The team consisted of Daniel Carpenter, Garrett Tidd, Alexander Gregory, Daniel Molnar and David Hendrix. At the competition: Despite a rough beginning due to problems during robot inspection, as well as missing two of our six matches due to reasons beyond our control, The G33K Squad…

UAT Professors Rock Coding Seminars at the Great Arizona Code Challenge

Great Arizona Code Challenge

Photo above: Professor Mark Fedasiuk working with a student during the robot demo. The first annual Great Arizona Code Challenge took place at Infusionsoft Headquarters the weekend of July 24-25, offering 38 high school students the opportunity to attend coding seminars taught by UAT Professors, where they could ask questions and discuss their ideas. The Code Challenge started off with an ice breaker in order for the programmers to get acquainted and to inspire collaboration within the group. Infusionsoft provided attendees with a comfortable and fun work space where they could code around the clock to create an original game…