ROBOlympics: Adventure Zone Summer 2013

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 Doane College Adventure Zone from Monday, June 17, 2013 to Friday, June 21, 2013. 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 roller derby race, '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 a round robin trial where each team was timed each way.


  2. All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction, and that the kill switch and light sensor worked.


  3. Robots started at the start/finish line of the 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!). Types of interference include a rotating arm, dropping obstacles, pressing the kill switch, etc. 


  6. Bots must have a switch located at the highest point on the robot. If pressed, this switch should automatically shut down the bot.

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 battled each of the other teams. In the round robin, each bot was allowed to face off against every other bot.

2.      All 'bots had to complete a physical to ensure they met the size restriction, that both the touch sensor and light sensor worked and were placed appropriately on the 'bot, and that the 'bot entered the ring within 15 seconds.

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)

4.   'Bots must exit a garage, turn 90 degrees, and move forward to enter the ring within 15 seconds.

 

Test Event: Bowling 'Bot

For this event, teams built and programmed a robot to locate "a line" while navigating obstacles on a gameboard.  Once at the line, a ball was released in an attempt to hit a pin.  This was a timed event. The team that reaches the line and hits the pin the quickest wins.  A second run was allowed.

The rules of the event were as follows:

     1.  Robots must locate the blue line on the gameboard with the light sensor.

     2.  Upon reaching the line, robots must stop and release a bowling ball.

 

 

 

 

The Teams


The teams and the "countries" they represented include:

ROBOManiacs

 

Gage, Mikihiro, Matt

Jamerica

Tyler, Naohiro, Karl

 

United States of Japan

Yuji, Brandon, Shun

 

DragonRobotLand

Evan, Ryosuke

RHK

 

Keigo, Harrison, Ryosuke

 

Robotica

 

Ashley, Takumi, Devan

 

MarioWorld

Satoshi, Kody, Tsuyoshi

Hamburger

Sergio, Kentaro, Eric

 

Event Results


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

Tournament Place

Team

Seed

Trial

1st

 Robotica

1

12.0 sec

2nd

 United States of Japan

3 17.3 sec

3rd

 RHK

5

3/4 track

4th

 Hamburger

6

1/2 track

5th  ROBOManiacs 2 12.5 sec
5th Jamerica 4 37.7 sec
7th   DragonRobotLand 7 1/8 track
7th MarioWorld 8 1/16 track

 

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

 Tournament Place

Team

Seed

Trial

1st

 RHK

1

7-0

2nd

 United States of Japan

3

4-3

3rd

Jamerica

2

6-1

3rd

Robotica

5

3-4

5th   Robomaniacs 4 3-4
5th DragonRobotLand 7 2-5
5th  MarioWorld 6 3-4
5th Hamburger 8 0-7

 

The results of the Bowling 'Bot Trial Event were as follows:

Team

Results (Run1/Run2)

ROBOManiacs

cleared garage/cleared garage

Jamerica

16.7 (missed pin)/16.7(missed pin)

United States of Japan

21.3 (missed pin)/19.2 (missed pin)

 DragonRobotLand

cleared garage/cleared garage
RHK 15.0 (missed pin)/cleared garage
Robotica 20.5 (Strike!)/19.8(missed pin)
MarioWorld cleared garage/cleared garage
Hamburger 30.6(Strike!)/29.3(missed pin)

 

Photo Gallery


Below are some photos from the week.


Christian and Amber

Translation board

Lessons learned

More lessons learned

Class Photo


View some videos of the Bowling 'Bot trial:

Video 1
Video 2
Video 3
Video 4
Video 5
Video 6
Video 7
Video 8
View some videos of the Roller 'Bot
Video 9
Video 10
Video 11
Video 12

 

Video 13
Video 14
Video 15
Video 16
View some videos of the Sumo 'Bot
Video 17
Video 18
Video 19
Video 20
Video 21
Video 22
Video 23
Video 24

 

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