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SDSU, UW-Madison win 'Bot Shot' titleSDSU, UW-Madison win 'Bot Shot' title

Students from 7 universities challenged to build robot capable of mastering variety of basketball shots.

April 9, 2019

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South Dakota State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison earned the title of Land O'Lakes Bot Shot Champions on April 7, beating out collegiate robotics teams from around the country in a game of H-O-R-S-E in Minneapolis. In addition to prevailing against two other teams, they also took on basketball legends David Robinson and Christian Laettner in a skills challenge.

"It has been inspiring to see such engineering skill in action on the basketball court," said Robinson. "Land O'Lakes Bot Shot is a celebration of STEM and the talent of young people as we speed toward a future increasingly impacted by robotics, automation and technology."

"At a time of year when so much focus is put on college basketball, it's exciting to also recognize student all-stars off the court, putting their skills on display for basketball fans and robotics enthusiasts alike," added Laettner.

Land O'Lakes Bot Shot challenged students from seven universities to build a robot capable of mastering shots from a variety of basketball court locations. The program sought to celebrate the talents of students in the fields of science, robotics and engineering and raise awareness of the advanced technology and innovation central to modern agriculture.

Universities participating included:

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  • Iowa State University

  • North Carolina A & T

  • Purdue University

  • South Dakota State University

  • University of Florida

  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

These four teams competed in the final round in Minneapolis:

  1. Purdue University

  2. South Dakota State University

  3. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

  4. University of Wisconsin-Madison

"The talent on display here makes me excited and hopeful for the next generation of problem-solvers and creative thinkers,” said Beth Ford, president and CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc. “As future leaders in their respective fields, we know solving society's greatest challenges depends on their success. Congrats to the two winning teams and all schools who took to the court throughout the competition."

The winning schools both received a $10,000 prize from Land O'Lakes. Each team built their robots with materials and supplies provided by Land O'Lakes and AndyMark, Inc., a leading mechanical and electrical parts supplier with a focus on robotics education. A full recap of the competition can be found at www.landolakesinc.com/botshot.

"It's been a crazy past few weeks getting this robot together," said student Nick Ackerman from Wisconsin-Madison. "We never imagined winning this competition."

"We're incredibly excited and grateful to Land O'Lakes and AndyMark for inviting us to compete in an experience like this," added Joel Quanbeck from South Dakota State University. "It was a great competition."

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