ROBOlympics: The Adventure Zone Summer 2005

The Events

The Teams

The Results

The Photos

Dr. Alec Engebretson of the Doane College Department of Information Science and Technology hosted a ROBOlympics event as part of the Midwest Institute for International Studies Adventure Zone from Monday, June 27, 2005 to Friday, July 1, 2005. The Adventure Zone brings middle school students from Japan to the United States in order for them to experience a bit of our culture. The ROBOlympics was one of several courses with both Japanese and United States students enrolled.  This year’s Adventure Zone included friends from Senshu University, Matsudo Junior High School in Matsudo, Chiba, Japan.

Check out the information below for more details on this event, the students who participated in the event, and the final results.

The Events


Event 1: The Snowplow

In this event, teams designed, built, and programmed a robot to plow flakes off a driveway.

At the start, the robot had to be placed against the side rail fully in a garage. The robot had 60 seconds to find the driveway and remove as many of 90 flakes of snow from the driveway as possible. Each robot had three “runs”. The first run had no obstacles in the driveway, the second run had one obstacle (a "car") in the way, and the third run had two obstacles. After each run, the number of snowflakes removed from the driveway was counted. The goal was to remove as many flakes as possible.

Event 2: Roller ‘Bot Derby

For this event, teams built and programmed a 'bot to go head-to-head against another 'bot in roller derby, 'bot style.

The rules of the event were as follows:

  1. This was a double-elimination tournament. Teams were seeded based on the results of the Snowplow event.
  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure the light sensor and target worked and that the target was placed in an accessible area at the top of the 'bot.
  3. Robots started at the start/finish line of the roller derby track facing opposite directions.
  4. The first 'bot to complete one lap in the proper direction and cross the finish line without being disqualified won.
  5. A 'bot was disqualified if (1) the light sensor detected black, (2) the 'bot's target was hit, (3) it fell off the side, (4) it blocked its target too long (more than a second), (5) the target or light sensor fell off, or (6) it wasn’t making progress for 15 seconds.
  6. If both 'bots were disqualified, the bot that was farthest at the time of disqualification won. If they were the same distance, the one there the fastest won.
  7. 'Bots must be no wider than 1/2 the track at the straightaway.
  8. A 'bot could interfere with the other 'bot.

A light sensor was placed anywhere on the bottom of the 'bot. If the sensor detected black, the 'bot stopped and played a tune of defeat. A target that uses a touch sensor was placed on top of the 'bot. The target couldn’t be blocked for more than one second out of a two second interval. The target could move. All targets must be built like the model target shown in class. If the target was hit, setting off the touch sensor, then the 'bot stopped and played a tune of defeat.

 

The Teams


The teams and the "countries" they represented include:

Dragonia

Masaaki, Heitarou, Kirby

 

Gomennasai

Takuya, Yuusuke, Spencer

 

Japaned States

Takayuki, Derek, Hiroki

 

 

JYS Nation

Yoshifumi, Jordan, Shuntarou

 

Jamerican

Junichi, Jake, Yoshihito

Doane Beaters

Ryouta, Luke, Yoshiyuki

 

The Results


Here is a video with action from both events.  It is in Windows media (.wmv) format and will play in Windows Media Player and other players that support that file type.  It is close to 6 MB in size so if you have a dial-up connection, be patient.

The results of the Snow Plow are as follows:

Place

Team

Total flakes

Run 1 flakes

Run 2 flakes

Run 3 flakes

1st

Jamerican

204 flakes

74 flakes

73 flakes

57 flakes

2nd

Gomennasai

43 flakes

43 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

3rd

Dragonia

3 flakes

3 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

 

Doane Beaters

1 flakes

0 flakes

1 flakes

0 flakes

 

JYS Nation

0 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

 

Japaned States

0 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

0 flakes

 

The results of the Roller ‘Bot Derby are as follows:

 

Place

Team

Record

1st

Japaned States

4-1

2nd

JYS Nation

3-2

3rd

Jamerican

2-2

 

Dragonia

1-2

 

Gomennasai

1-2

 

Doane Beaters

0-2

 

Photo gallery


Below are some photos from the week.

 

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