ROBOlympics: The Adventure Zone Summer 2008

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 23, 2008 to Friday, June 27, 2008. 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: Yacht Race (also known as Roller ‘Bot Derby)

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

The rules of the event were as follows:

  1. This was a single-elimination tournament. Teams were seeded based on the results of a round robin trial where each team raced each of the other teams.
  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction.
  3. Robots started at the start/finish line of the yacht course 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 single-elimination tournament. Teams were seeded based on the results of a round robin trial where each team raced each of the other teams.

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 blue (it was pushed out of the ring), the other 'bot's touch sensor was pressed, or if the other 'bot was somehow disabled (such as flipped over)

 

 

 

 

 

The Teams


The teams and the "countries" they represented include:

Blue Island

Yukiya, Tomofumi, Frank

 

JKTH

Hiroki, Taiki, Kengo, Jacob

 

 

 

K3H

Kenji, Kazuki, Hiroto, Kale

 

Robostan

Kentaro, Ryusuke, Nobuaki, Blake

 

 

The Results


The results of the Yacht Race were as follows:

Place

Team

Round Robin

Tournament

1st

Robostan

3-0

2-0

2nd

JKTH

2-1

1-1

3rd

K3H

0-3

1-1

 

Blue Island

1-2

0-2

 

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

Place

Team

Round Robin

Tournament

1st

K3H 

3-0

2-0

2nd

 Robostan

1-2

1-1

3rd

 JKTH

0-3

1-1

 

 Blue Island

2-1

0-2

 

Photo gallery


Below are some photos from the week.


The entire class!


View some videos of the yacht race.

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Video 5 (41 Mb)
Video 6 (25 Mb)
Video 7 (37 Mb)

 

View some videos of the sumo 'bots.
(coming soon!)

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