CU Denver students ranked second in the NASA Rover contest «CBS Denver

By Michael Abeyta

DENVER (CBS4) – Some engineering students at the University of Colorado at Denver took on a challenge from NASA and took second place.

  CU team Denver students are ranked second in the NASA Rover competition

(credit: Kayla McDermott)

The challenge was to create a rover that can travel to another world.

  cbs stagehand url CU Denver Students take second place at NASA Rover Competition

(credit: Kayla McDermott)

On Friday, Kayla McDermott and her classmate put their feet on the pedals and flew around an obstacle course built by NASA in Huntsville, Alabama.

Your ride is not like any vehicle that has been built, it's a rover made by McDermott and the rest of the CU Denver Rover Odyssey team.

  pic 1 CU Denver students take second place in the NASA Rover competition

(credit: Kayla McDermott)

The team of 14 people built the boat to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge; and compete they did it.

"We competed against 70 teams, only 10 of the teams could even finish the course," McDermott said.

  photo 2 CU Denver students take second place in the NASA Rover competition

(credit: Kayla McDermott)

For much of the day Friday they were the fastest to take the course.

Eventually their time was exceeded, but given the difficulty of the competition, they are still enthusiastic about its result.

"Taking the second place … we are very proud of it," McDermott said.

  rover CU Denver students take second place in the NASA Rover competition

(credit: Kayla McDermott)

The team worked on their mobile vehicle for more than a year as a final project. This trip was simply the cherry of a lot of hard work.

"It was an incredible team-building experience, we got together as a team and we could see that our design went very well," McDermott said.

This team shed their blood, sweat and tears on this machine, and they are on the moon with how well their design worked.

"Seeing something that he designed from scratch and that was built from scratch works the way he did and gets the recognition that he did it throughout the competition, it was an incredible experience," he said.

LINK: CU Denver Team Rover Odyssey

Michael Abeyta is a fourth-generation Coloradan and multimedia journalist for CBS4. Their stories can be seen on CBS4 News in 5 and 6. It's on Twitter! Follow him @ AbeytaCBS4 .

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