Portage — Four University of Michigan students beat out teams from Western Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue universities to win the Stryker Engineering Challenge.
The teams of engineering students from the four schools were challenged to develop a robot that could operate a medical procedure to fix cleft palates.
The students had 24 hours to construct their robots and finish three timed challenges. The event was held at Stryker Medical in Portage. It concluded Friday.
The teams built their robots from scraps provided by Stryker.
U-M team member Sophie Hardig tells the Kalamazoo Gazette the winning foursome “encountered difficulties with circuits, because none of” them specialized in that.
The annual competition gives students the chance to interact with Stryker engineers and opens up possibilities for a future career with the company.