Close, Murphy Shine at State Robotics Competition


Two Bellefontaine seniors showcased their skills at a recent state competition.

Seth Close and Ethan Murphy competed in Robotics and Automation Technology in the Ohio SkillsUSA State Finals at the Columbus Convention Center last week. Career centers and high schools brought industrial 6-axis robots from FANUC, Yaskawa, and Universal robots. 15 teams from all over Ohio competed on the 5 challenges.

The contest took almost 4 hours to show the judges various skills which included flow charts, sketching work cells, multiple materials handling jobs, configuring inputs and outputs (stack light), file manipulation, data registers, and other programming challenges.

Close and Murphy scored 93 percent, which landed them in 3rd place in the state.

They were also awarded certificates from Universal Technical Institute ($2,000) and Lincoln Tech Indianapolis ($2,500) to offset their tuition if they so choose.

BHS CTE Engineering would like to congratulate Seth and Ethan on their strong performance at the state level in their first-ever robotics competition. Both students completed their FANUC and Yaskawa Motoman industry credentials this year as well.

Shawn Miller, Travis Hunsicker, and Aaron Garver are the STEM, Industrial Technology, and Engineering instructors at BHS.

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