Members of the Jacksonville State University robotics team that won the President's Cup in the ATMAE competition 2 years ago are shown with their robot.  From left are, Tina Civitello, Ben Ledbetter, Jessica Civitello and instructor Phillip Dean.
Members of the Jacksonville State University robotics team that won the President’s Cup in the ATMAE competition 2 years ago are shown with their robot. From left are, Tina Civitello, Ben Ledbetter, Jessica Civitello and instructor Phillip Dean.

Jacksonville State University Robotics team will be hosting a car and bike show on September 27th, beginning at 10 a.m. near the intersection of highways 204 and 21.

The JSU Robotics team is trying to raise money to attend the 2015 National ATMAE Robotics competition, where two years ago JSU walked away with first place.

ATMAE, or the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, is a professional association with more than a thousand members who share ideas, research, and applications that help to improve the future.

ATMAE gives special accreditation to institutions as Applied Engineering schools, handles person certifications, an annual national conference, publications that focus on technology, management, and engineering, and numerous other opportunities.

The annual conference this year will be held in St. Louis, Missouri beginning November 19.
The ATMAE club here at JSU is primarily focused on the 14th annual robotic contest that happens in conjunction with the conference.

Last year, much of the money that was needed to make it to the convention city was donated and this year, the team hopes it will not be any different.

Drew Coffman, a JSU engineering major and member of the ATMAE club, said that primarily this event was “raising money for the JSU AMTAE Robotics club for our registration to compete at the National ATMAE Robotics competition.”

Each year for the competition, the competing teams are required to build a robot that can perform certain tasks that center around a theme.

This year the theme is “Robot Olympics” and the robots must be able to lift a 10 pound barbell off the ground six inches, which is harder than it sounds for a robot that is powered by small electric motors.

Another goal for the bots is being able to ‘kick a field goal.’ This is exactly as it sounds.
A robot has to be able to kick or throw a small football 6 feet and through a goal post whose crossbar is 2 feet off the ground and 2 feet wide.

The third problem the bot will have to overcome is a 20 yard dash, where the bot will have to outrun the other robots it is running (rolling) against.

The fourth and final hurdle for the robot is what ATMAE is calling the Marathon Golf Ball Collector, where the bot will complete 2 laps around a competition area while trying to collect 12 golf balls.

Each event will be scored and the bot with the most points will be awarded first place.

“The bot design is completely done by the students, as well as all the work,” says Coffman, so it will be interesting to see what the team has in store for this year’s competition.

The fee to enter is around $30 for student chapters and the expenses incurred traveling to Missouri will also be paid for through fund raising.

The car and bike show will be the first of its kind to be held to raise money for the ATMAE club and will be held at 865 Pelham Road N, in Jacksonville.

In order to enter, a $10 entry fee must be paid for both cars and motorcycles. An admission fee for onlookers will be $2.

At the end of the show, a raffle will be held for a grand prize of an $80 tool kit, along with various other prizes, using the tickets that the attendees bought, and a first place prize will be given to the winning cars and bikes in each category.

Concessions will also be sold at the show.

To enter a car or bike, contact the ATMAE Robotics club president Blake Ray at bray3@jsu.edu or go online to Facebook and search JSU Car/Bike Show.

Christiana Tyler
Arts & Entertainment Editor

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