TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rose Hulman’s first-year students applied engineering principals in a competition Thursday evening while participating in a robotics challenge.

Students took an entire academic quarter’s worth of design, teamwork and basic engineering skills to make a robot go through a series of challenges. Each year, the competition changes and this time around the robots had to rescue rubber ducks.

Assistant professor of computer engineering Zak Estrada said that seeing the students energy during the competition is exciting.

“The really awesome part about this is many of the students have never seen programming, hardware before,” Estrada said. “So, we have students that were basically learning how to turn on an LED 10 weeks ago are now driving a robot, having it autonomously navigate through a maze and into a cave. So, it’s really cool to see the progression.”

Winners of this challenge were given a plaque in addition to bragging rights.