Militant Ducks take First in the ME 1000 “Ultimate Accuracy” Competition

December 9, 2013

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the ME 1000 “Ultimate Accuracy,” competition held on December 5, in the Union Building.

First Place: Militant Ducks

Second Place: SpamWorks

Third Place: SnowCone Engineering

Fourth Place: Calypso

Fifth Place: Triple BBJ^2SG

Sixth Place: Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering freshmen teams from the Introduction Robot Systems Design I class, built robots for the “Ultimate Accuracy” competition.  They had two minutes during the competition for their robots to initiate motion using a two-finger trigger, and then operate autonomously equipped with projectile systems to launch a “Snowball” (hacky sack) to a target, where sticking to the bull’s eye receives maximum points. Teams with the greatest accuracy in both stages (driving and launching) win.

In addition to bragging rights and receiving a mechanical engineering t-shirt, Militant Ducks team members, Alex Anderson, Beau Blanchard, Kristoffer Edlund, and Vignesh Sivaramakrishnan won the ability to opt out of their final exam.

Andrew Merryweather, assistant professor in mechanical engineering and instructor for the class says that, “All 41 teams had a robot that functioned and scored points in one way or another. I was very impressed by this. Murphy got the best of a few teams, but the overall competition was a great success!”


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is committed to providing students with broad-based, rigorous and progressive education.  By combining state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty, the department provides an education that gives students the necessary skills to become the next generation of innovators.

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