The proceeds from the event will support the team to travel to the 2017 NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in May. This multidisciplinary team is made up of students at Montana Tech from the metallurgical, software, electrical, and mechanical engineering degree programs along with others. The team is led by Luke Suttey, a graduate student in Metallurgy and mentored and advised by Dr. Bryce Hill, an assistant professor in Electrical Engineering. The team will compete against 40 other universities to move Martian simulant, called regolith, from one end of the arena to the other using a robot. Currently the team is working on making a lighter frame, automating the entire system and improving the paper submissions. With these three improvements, the team will be a major contender at the 2017 competition.
Expenses for each student to attend the week-long trip is $1,000 per student. Each student contributes to the trip. For more information on the Club visit http://teamoredigger.com. The team has launched a crowdfunding site at https://impact.mtech.edu/project/5536. For more information, please contact Dr. Bryce Hill at 406-496-4752.