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West Lafayette High School robotics team wins 2nd in international competition

January 18, 2013

West Lafayette High School robotics team wins 2nd in international competition

Congratulations to the West Lafayette High School's DevilTech Engineering who won second place in the Zero Robotics National tournament held at MIT. In the competition, students from more than 140 teams across the U.S. and European Union designed and implemented satellite controllers during a five-month period culminating in a final tournament at MIT. West Lafayette's team was one of the 27 teams that qualified for the MIT finals via preliminary simulation contests. DevilTech Engineering sent a satellite controller package to the International Space Station, where it autonomously operated a real MIT/NASA SPHERES satellite in a micro-gravity environment to perform space debris removal and navigation tasks.

The team was led by Jerry Ma (team captain), Albert Hwang (software engineer) and John McDougall (communications), and was advised by West Lafayette High School teacher Steve Florence. This year the team was sponsored by West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation, CSS, and Prism Tie-Dye.