All eight students from Hutchinson Community College who attended the National SkillsUSA Contest in Louisville, KY June 24-28 earned top ten finishes in their respective competitions, including a national runner-up.
Those qualifying for this honor were Isaac Hoffman (Hutchinson) in HVAC - High School Division, Adam Weldon (Kingman) in Industrial Motor Control - High School Division, Shidarian Fonfield (Hutchinson) competing in the Masonry contest, the team of Alan Terrazas (South Hutchinson) and Emerald Brown (Abilene) in Mechatronics – College Division, Emily Gerhardt in Computer Programming – College Division and the team of Ethan Williams (Arlington) and Ryan Gawanda (McPherson) in Robotics and Automation College Division.
The team of Ethan Williams and Ryan Gawanda was the national runner-up in the College Division for Robots and Automation. This competition challenges two-person teams to demonstrate operation of a five-axis servo-robot along with a set of sensors and motorized devices to resolve a simulated production process problem. Teams set up and demonstrate operation of a robotic workcell from a word problem. Contestants are required to create a flow chart and sequence of operation. Teams are also judged on efficiency, speed and teamwork.
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