West Point Cadets Test Logic & Rise to Challenge at Army Lab

West Point Cadet Devin Men uses logic and common sense to use the shortest amount of code possible to accomplish the desired results. (U.S. Army Research Laboratory photo by: David McNally)

Two West Point cadets spent time learning about military robotics and software programming at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in June. The goal: expanding their knowledge of robotics research.

The U.S. Military Academy’s Academic Individual Advanced Development program gives cadets a chance to implement concepts from their course work during the course.

Cadets Ben Baumgartner and Devin Men used coding language to send instructions to a fingernail-sized piece of metal that levitated while moving above a magnetic field. Their robot would pick up graphite materials and –using water tension– assemble a micro-structure.

The exercise required logic to use the shortest amount of code possible to finish the task.

Read more at Army.mil.

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