CJ sent a robot into battle for the first time at the DTMA Bots Competition in Piqua on Saturday, March 27 and walked away with a 3rd place finish out of 36 teams entered, including a team from the University of Dayton. After beating out "The Black Death" from Milford H.S.; "Rambo" from Upper Valley JVS and "Dave" from Xenia H.S., the "Swiss Cheese Eagle Bot" advanced to the Sweet 16!
That's when CJ triumphed over "Exterminator" from Bloomsburg Area H.S. and made the Elite 8 and zapped the "Zapper" from Upper Vally JVS. It came down to the Final 4 bots battling it out for the top four positions. Swiss Cheese Eagle finally hit a wall when it met last year's champ, Centerville H.S. who entered "Son of Beast" this year. In its last round of competition, Swiss Cheese Eagle edged out "Axiom" from Bloomsburg Area H.S. for 3rd place honors. Not too shabby for first time participants, and the only Catholic high school team entered in the tournament.
This year's CJ bots team was made up of Project Lead the Way engineering students and included : David Baumgartner ‘10, David Fan ‘10, Josh Landes ‘11, Randy Leik ‘12, Mike Noonan ‘10, Justin Overman ‘10 (bot driver), Ian Owens ‘10, Joe Scupski ‘10, and Elizabeth Wirrig ‘11. Instructor Bob Young and the team are grateful for the help, advice and support from industry mentors: Dan Reynolds, American Testing Services, in coopration with Brad Verberg (Precision Certified Welding); Bob Ginsburg & Mike Hughes; (RPG Industries); Mike Bozzo and Charlie Farish (T&R Welding Systems Inc.), and Jim Limberg (Weldments, Inc.). Well done!