LHU robotics team takes 2nd place in PACISE conference

LOCK HAVEN — In early April, two members of the Lock Haven University robotics team competed in the 33rd annual spring conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators (PACISE) at Shippensburg University and brought home a second place win. This year’s conference theme was “Real World Computing.”

The LHU students who competed in the robotics contest were Caroline Rublein, of Woolrich, and Shaun Donohue, of Lock Haven, both rising seniors in the computer science major. The students were accompanied by Dr. Krish Pillai, associate professor of computer science at LHU.

LHU’s team used a robot to run a track, pick up a block, and solve a maze with only the parts provided to them, according to Donohue. All teams used a Lego EV3 Robotics kit and each team supplied their own robot.

“What I enjoyed most about the competition was the experience of the competitive bout friendly atmosphere,” Donohue said, adding that he also was impressed by the papers, poster sessions and lectures by the other students and professors, bringing their work to life.

The students received a certificate and a $75 Amazon gift card for their second place win.

“I enjoyed programming the robot for the various challenges and being in the same space as other teams working toward the same goals,” Rublein said.

Submissions were gathered from students in all areas of computer science, computer science education, and related computing fields such as software engineering and computer engineering. In addition to the robotics contest, the categories in which submissions were accepted included peer reviewed papers, posters, birds-of-a-feather sessions, panel discussions, special sessions, and non-reviewed papers.

PACISE is a professional organization representing faculty in all areas of computing and computing education in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

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