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Grant Kobes, Leadership Studies Minor Student

Freshman Honors Leadership Program Student Competes at World Robotics Championship

Grant Kobes is now a sophomore in Industrial Engineering pursuing a minor in Leadership Studies through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  But in his freshman year, Kobes received not only national but world recognition for a robot build beginning on his dorm room floor.

While completing an assignment for his first foundations of leadership course, Kobes developed a strategic leadership plan to found and serve as the chief engineer for UTK’s Vex U Robotics Team, YNOT, which resulted in the team ranking 5th in the world in autonomous program and driver skills. They also earned a spot competing at the 2018 Vex Robotics World Championship. Not too bad for a freshman completing a class requirement for his minor!

Follow Kobes journey from his class assignment to becoming leader of a team worthy of competing at the world championship level and receiving an international community service award.   Here’s another interesting article about Kobe which highlights his history in robotics and the formation of his team.