ROBOlympics: The Adventure Zone Summer 2010

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 28, 2010 to Friday, July 2, 2010. 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 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)

 

Event 3: Soccer Shoot Out

 For this event, teams built and programmed a 'bot to "play soccer," i.e. kick the ball, make a goal.

The rules of the event were as follows:

     1.  Teams have two turns for a six kick total.  There are 18 possible points (the red ball is the "Money Ball.")  If the first ball makes a goal it is worth one point, the second ball is worth 2 points and the third ball is worth three points.  Teams also get one point for each kick.

     2.  Highest total number of goals win.

     3.  Tiebreaker is amount of time to complete kicks (faster=better).

 

 

 

 

The Teams


The teams and the "countries" they represented include:

Lego Masters

 

Shuntaro, Daisuke, Kyle

Phone Island

Derek, Taiki, Yoshihisa, Frank

 

 

 

Dragons

Keigo, Gage, Takuma

 

STAR

Kousuke, Yusuke, Mitchell

 

 

Robots ZII

Zach, Iori, Issei

 

Mount LRH

Leo, Ryunosuke, Hiroshi

 

The Results


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

Place

Team

Tournament

1st

STAR

4-1

2nd

ROBOTS ZII

2-2

3rd

Phone Island

2-2

 4th

Lego Masters

1-2

5th Dragons 1-2
6th Mount LRH 0-2

 

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

Place

Team

Tournament

1st

Dragons

4-1

2nd

 ROBOTS ZII

3-2

3rd

 Mount LRH

2-2

 4th

 Lego Masters

1-2

5th Phone Island 1-2
6th STAR 0-2

 

The results of the Soccer Shoot Out Event were as follows:

Place

Team

Total Number of Goals

1st

Lego Masters

11

2nd

 Mount LRH

6

3rd

 Dragons

5

 4th

 ROBOTS ZII

4
5th Phone Island 1
6th STAR 1

 

Photo gallery


Below are some photos from the week.


The entire class!


View some videos of the Roller 'Bot Derby:

Video 1 ()
Video 2 ()
Video 3 ()
Video 4 ()
Video 5 ()
Video 6 ()
Video 7 ()

 

View some more videos:

Video 8 ()
Video 9 ()
Video 10 ()
Video 11 ()
Video 12 (class)
Video 13 ()
Video 14 ()

 

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