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Madison College hosts robotics competition

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Teams from technical colleges all over Wisconsin gathered in Madison today to compete in a robotics competition.

Teams have been building their robots for months. There was a $600 spending limit, as well as a number of other guidelines each team had to follow, including size restrictions.

Each robot was put to the test in a number of events, including an obstacle course and a zip line challenge. The robots were autonomous, meaning no one controlled them during each task. Teams had to specifically program their robot to complete each challenge before it began.

Ann Thompson, an electronic engineering technology instructor at Madison College, says the competition gives participants more than just increased technical skills.

"They have to interact with so many different types of personalities and come together as a cohesive group, which is very difficult to do," says Thompson. "They have to bring together all the financing, plus the design, plus the programming, and make it all work together. I think it's a piece of the puzzle they need to be successful in the workplace."

For Tyler Kapla, a member of the Madison College Robotics Club, the team aspect was especially important.

"The most rewarding part of working on this robot was just the camaraderie, and everybody coming together and learning new skills," says Kapla. "Somebody may be better at something than the other person, but you work with them, and you pick up new skills along the way."

This is the first year the competition has been held in Madison. Fox Valley Technical College has hosted the competition in previous years.

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