USD Hosts High School Robotics Competition in Rapid City

Student compete in the USD robotics competition

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Five teams from western South Dakota high schools will compete Thursday in Rapid City in a robotics programming competition for the chance to take part in a larger event next spring at the University of South Dakota.

USD's computer science program sponsors the High School Robotic Programming Contest every year in Vermillion and this year added the Rapid City competition. Teams are given parts and instructions ahead of time and must build robots that compete against each other. The 36th annual Computer Science Programming Competition is in April on the USD campus in Vermillion.

The five teams competing Thursday in Rapid City are from four high schools: Todd County on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Belle Fourche, Lead/Deadwood and Edgemont.

USD's computer science students recently placed seventh out of 223 teams from more than 60 universities and colleges in a competition, the best among schools in the Dakotas. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among universities worldwide. USD took part in a regional ACM event that included schools from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and western Ontario and Manitoba in Canada. USD team members included Kurtis Van Gent, Ben Erickson and Mitchell Peterson.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News