Hi-Line Student Wins Big at NASA Competition

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. (NMB) – A Montana Tech student from Blaine County was part of a Robotics Mining Club Team that took the top mining award at the recent NASA Lunabotics Competition in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Garrett Pruttis of Zurich graduated from Chinook High School in 2021 and was one of 10 members of the winning team, which featured five Montana Tech students.

According to a press release, the competition involved designing and building a robot to dig through simulated lunar surface to deposit as much gravel simulant as possible in two 15-minute runs. Two teams, Montana Technological University and the University of Alabama, qualified for the on-site mining award. Montana Tech took home the top award.

The club was one of only four or five teams to be able to successfully deposit the gravel. In order to qualify teams were required to deposit at least a kilogram of the gravel in the depiction sieve.  Official numbers are still pending for each team.

The award comes with a $3,000 scholarship for the team from NASA.

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