Forty students presented their visions of how technology and engineering can make life better
Photo credit: Radhika Chalasani

CUNY City Tech students gathered at the Brooklyn Navy Yard today to present new cutting-edge projects as they competed in the Third Annual Mechatronics Competition.

Forty students in ten teams participated in this year’s multidisciplinary science competition that combines mechanical engineering, electronics, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering.

The projects featured a wide range of technology used for a variety of purposes: a robotic arm that can mimic the movements of its sister arm; a jet-propelled RC car; an outlet designed for people with disabilities that allows them to turn on household appliances by blowing on them, and an autonomous vacuuming robot, among others.

The winning project. Photo credit:Radhika ChalasaniThe winning project. Photo credit:Radhika Chalasani

Student competitors were judged for originality and execution by a group of industry professionals housed in New Lab and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, including Manifold Robotics, Sosu, Cognibotics, True Bird, Nanotronics, Launcher, the Consortium for Research and Robotics, and Allendale Machinery Systems. 

The panel selected the top three projects and recognized the winning team, the robotic arm, with a 3D printed trophy from New Lab.

“The practical application for the technology can be for the military, to use for bomb diffusing, or medical, for surgeries and more,” the winners explained.

Following the presentations, students and industry leaders spent time networking, familiarizing each other with their respective projects, interests and skills. This year, design and engineering students from the Yard’s newly-opened STEAM High School were invited to attend the event and participate in the networking portion.

The masterminds behind robotic arm. Photo credit: Radhika Chalasani

“We’re excited to host this event at the Navy Yard again this year and to introduce our STEAM Center students to it,” said David Ehrenberg, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “Seeing the excitement, skill and dynamism of the students really underscores our commitment and work to our tenants, students and our education partners.”


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