Mechatronics Cup 2014

11 June 2014

Mechatronics Cup

On track: Fourth year Bachelor of Engineering (electronics) student Kirsten Nel races her slot car during the 2014 Mechatronics Cup.

The Mechatronics Cup has been run for another year, with nine electronics engineering students slugging it out on a slot car track last week.

This year, contestants were given free rein to design any electronic aids to better their slot car and time trials were held to find the eventual winner.

Professor Jonathan Scott says the annual competition, which was first held in 2000, provides a chance for students to show off their design skills.

"Students are required to apply the skills they have learnt over the past three years and put it into action," he says.

The cup, competed for annually among fourth year Bachelor of Engineering electronics students, has featured many different challenges over the years, including racing slot cars, Lego robots and a device to count the number of sheets on a roll of toilet paper.

This year’s winner was Daniel Tritscher, whose slot car covered 10 laps in 22 seconds. 

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