ROBOlympics: The Adventure Zone Summer 2007

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 24, 2007 to Friday, June 29, 2007. 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: 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 time trial which consisted of one timed lap.
  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction and that a sensor was used.
  3. Robots started at the start/finish line of the roller derby track facing opposite directions. A flip of a coin determined which direction the 'bot traveled.
  4. The first 'bot to complete one lap in the proper direction and cross the finish line won.  If neither 'bot finished, the 'bot that went the farthest won.
  5. A 'bot could interfere with the other 'bot (and, in fact, it was encouraged!)

 

Event 2: Sumo 'Bot Wrestling

For this event, teams built and programmed a 'bot to Sumo wrestle, 'bot style.

The rules of the event were as follows:

  1. This was a round-robin tournament.
  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction and that both the touch sensor and light sensor worked and were placed appropriately on the 'bot.
  3. A 'bot won if the other 'bot's light sensor detected white (it was pushed out of the ring), the other 'bot's touch sensor was pressed, or if, after 60 seconds and no winner, the judge determined it the winner based on strategy and aggressiveness.

 

Event 3: Soccer Shootout

For this event, teams built and programmed a 'bot to find and "kick" soccer balls into goals.

The rules of the event were as follows:

  1. The purpose was to score three goals as fast as possible with a limit of 60 seconds.  Ties were broken based on how fast the goals were scored.
  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction and that the timer worked.

 

 

 

The Teams


The teams and the "countries" they represented include:

YDT

Yuuki, Daiki, Tony

 

TJT

Toshiyuki, Tomoharu, Jack

 

Creepan

Yuki, Yusei, Matt

 

 

Tokete

Ryo, Yohkoh, Mason

 

NXT

Sho, Jonah, Max

AM

Masaya, Anthony

 

PM

Keita, Kraig

 

 

The Results


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

Place

Team

Time Trial

Record

1st

AM

14.1 seconds

4-0

2nd

NXT

16.2 seconds

3-2

3rd

TJT

19.56 seconds

3-2

 

YDT

21.3 seconds

2-2

 

PM

19.4 seconds

1-2

  Tokete 7/8 of track 1-2

 

Creepan

1/8 of track

0-2

 

The results of the Sumo ‘Bot Wrestling are as follows:

 

Place

Team

Wins

1st

NXT

5

2nd

YDT

5

3rd

Tokete

4

 

Creepan

4

 

PM

2

  TJT 1

 

AM

0

 

The results of the Soccer Shootout are as follows:

 

Place

Team

Goals/Time

1st

YDT

6/13.6

2nd

NXT 4/13.2

3rd

AM

4/17.2

 

Tokete 2/11.9

 

TJT 2/12.1
  Creepan 2/13.4

 

PM

0/17.1

 

 

Photo gallery


Below are some photos from the week.

Roller 'Bot Gold Medalists

Sumo 'Bot Gold Medalists

Soccer Shootout Gold Medalists

The entire class!

 

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