South Central PA Robotics Competition3.0

2013 Competition

The Final Round

The South Central PA Robotics Competition3.0 Competition was held at HACC on November 16, 2013, with competitors from eight local high schools and HACC. This year's competition was organized by Penn State Harrisburg, HACC, Dauphin County Tech and Cumberland and Perry Tech. Students from Penn State Harrisburg served as judges and mentors for the competition.

Before the competition, free robot kits were provided to the high schools, thanks to the competition's sponsors. As a result, students were able to familiarize themselves with the kits before the competition. In addition, prior to the contest, Penn State Harrisburg Computer Science students provided guidance for some high schools to help students prepare for the contest.

For the competition, students were assigned to a random team, with students working with teammates from another school. The students had three hours to complete five tasks, requiring the students to program their robots for various challenges involving sensing, movement, and control. The top four teams then competed in a final round to determine the winners. The final round, shown in the image at the left, consisted of a race to the center of a large maze. All of the contestants from the top three teams received certificates and will also receive plaques. In addiiton, students from the top two teams received vouchers good for a free three-credit course at HACC. The final results from the competition are listed below.

2013 Competition Results


First Place Team

  • Quentin Howze (Harrisburg High School)
  • Will Puderbaugh (Lower Dauphin High School)
  • Adam Williams (Bishop McDevitt High School)


Second Place Team

  • Jacob Greenisen (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School)
  • Natalie Ketner (Hershey High School)
  • Cody Lutz (Middletown Area High School)


Third Place Team

  • Matthew Dominguez (HACC)
  • Jeremy Shaver (Middletown Area High School)
  • Brandon Spalding (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School)


Fourth Place Team

  • Nick Barber (Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School)
  • Russell Kolacek (HACC)
  • William Shader (Susquenita High School)

Previous Competition Results

Results of the previous competitions are available on this website:

The Competition in the News

2013 Contest Coverage in the Patriot News

Results and photographs from the contest were reported in the Patriot News.

2013 Preparation at MAHS

Middletown Area High School (MAHS) reports on preparation for the 2013 Competition, with the help of graduate student mentors from Penn State Harrisburg.