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How NUKE Robotics has navigated their way to success

April 13, 2022

After their previous competition and tournaments at Clemson University, Fairmont State University and Purdue University, the NUKE Robotics team practiced their Robot Skills at the High School and Middle School Kentucky State Robotics Championship, and placed first in the world before the deadline.

“After a few runs we hit our all-time high with a score of 687 points split between the one-minute driving portion and the one-minute autonomous portion,” said president of NUKE Robotics Spencer Yates. “This placed our team as first in the world and ahead of our biggest competition, the teams from Purdue. This added yet another accolade to NUKE and a great way to end the regular season.”

Yates originally tried to start the club in the spring of 2020. However, like COVID-19 did to many things, it killed any kind of progress moving forward.

The club had to be started from scratch again in the fall of 2020. This time NUKE Robotics overcame hardships and has been running quite smoothly since.

“Many things were learned from this first year that are helping the club vastly,” said Vice President McKay Dunn. “The first three members of the club, [Spencer] Yates, Ian Gentry and myself, reached back to not only our old high school programs EC3 in Hardin County and Gateway Academy, but other programs and schools such as Ignite Institute, Revelation Robotics, Covington Catholic, Martha Lane Collins and Bryan Station that assisted our need for parts and our own competition field.”

Their biggest competition yet, the VEX World Championship, is coming up soon, from May 3 to May 12. Preparation is under way and the NUKE Robotics team hopes to bring home another trophy.

To see all of NUKE Robotics’ competitions and skills, click here.

To see the stats and standings of robotic teams in the country, click here.

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