As a rookie, the University of Portland Robotics Club's goal in participating in NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition was to learn more about ways to use our engineering skills, as well as gain a better understanding of the competition for future years. We also enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunity for several different disciplines of engineering to work together on one project; it is not often that this opportunity to collaborate presents itself. During our first year, the club was composed of 20 members; 13 mechanical, 4 electrical, 2 computer, and 1 management undergraduate engineering students. Our rookie year the method of excavation we employed was a bucket wheel design similar to that used on large mining machines.
In our second year currently, we have high expectations. Our primary goals are to increase community outreach, meet robot requirements to compete, run our device autonomously with the override option of manual control, and win the team spirit award!