By Brian Schultz

Does the fact that we all may one day be part of a robot made you geekier? Well, it may have something to do with the weather.

North Dakota native Sarah Attikson was at Sioux Falls University to see two robots compete on live television during the 2018 Hyundai Rapid Jump: H.O.R.S.E. Robotics Competition.

Attikson was one of several students who asked the university’s robotics team to give her an expert’s view. She found out what it was like to be on an outdoor cross-country course.

“We knew the entry map and we knew where to put our system. So, we actually figured out the path, we knew where to turn off, and we figured out the parking spots,” she said.

“In the final run, they told us where to bring our brakes and we figured out how to activate the brakes.”

Attikson found out the answer to a key piece of question on the ice — the speeds were limited by a bad pair of skates and sideboards.

“But, we knew how to do that,” she said.

Attikson hopes other college students can see this challenge as an opportunity to find out more about the technology they are learning on campus.

“It helps with our exposure to things we don’t know we need to know more about so we can understand who and what these robots are,” she said.

“Not only is this what I learned on this course, but this experience was great because it shows me robotics is really what they do here.”

For more information, visit the Hyundai Rapid Jump: H.O.R.S.E. Robotics Competition’s website.

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