ROBOlympics trial: The Yacht Race

The Event The Teams The Results The Photos

The Doane College Department of Information Science and Technology hosted the third ROBOlympics trial event on Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Trial events are used to prototype the robotics challenges that are used in the annual ROBOlympics course.

Check out the information below for more details on the Yacht Race event, the high school students who participated in the event, and the final results.

The Event


In the Yacht Race event, teams must construct and program robots that can compete in an "out-and-back" style race. Since Lego robots don't float and we don't have access to the Doane pool, we will build wheeled robots and let the Lied Science Building hallway serve as the "harbor" for the Yacht Race.

From a dead stop at the start / finish line, each robot must race forward, turn around a "buoy" at the half-way point, and then race back to the start / finish line.

Two runs will be made for each robot. Rankings will be based on the shortest average time required for the two runs. Robots unable to complete an out-turn-back sequence (i.e., 'bots that don't finish a run) will have the distance traveled measured (in floor tiles) and whether or not the turn was made. These will be used to break ties.

Video of a sample run (5 mb)

The Teams


Several Nebraska high schools sent teams to this ROBOlympics trial event. Current Doane students were also on hand to lend assistance to the teams.

The teams and their high schools are shown below.

Elba

Steve Brumbaugh
Jeff Jackson
Marcus Paczosa

Sponsor: Marie Nielsen

Broken Bow

Matt Albin
Ellen Christen
Douglas Hoff

 

Crete/Lincoln Christian

Paul Bartunek
Gabe Heppner
Gabe Vavra

 

Grand Island

Brian Becker
Andrew Follmer
Jacob Schroeder

Sponsor: Heidy Boyd

Grand Island

Alicia Kuhlman
Amy Moss
Valerie Williams

Sponsor: Heidy Boyd

Lincoln Christian

Allen Gilbert
Philip Hamilton
Andy Heiser

Sponsor: Walt Hamilton

Meridian

Neal Bartels
Chet Henry

Sponsor: Doris DeWald

Nemaha Valley

Dan Campbell
Travis Effken
Alicia Pursey

Sponsor: Jane Antholz

Oakland-Craig senior

Chase Beltz
Michael Bray
Theresa Carl

Sponsor: Linda Bray

Oakland-Craig juniors

Alex Anderson
Dustin Lindstrom
Ashley Peterson

Sponsor: Linda Bray

Parkview Christian

Daniel Garcia
Jessica Harrigan
Ibraim Soltonbaev

Sponsor: Don Gilliand

 

The Results


The results of the Yacht Race event are shown below. Click on the team name field to see video of the team's robot in action. (Videos are around 2.5Mb each, so please be patient :)

Place
Team
Avg.
Run 1
Run 2
1
Crete/Lincoln Christian 9.63 seconds 9.56 seconds
completed course
9.71 seconds
completed course
2
Lincoln Christian n/a 11.65 seconds
completed course
29.5 tiles
made turn
2
Grand Island boys n/a 13.11 seconds
completed course
36.5 tiles
made turn
3
Oakland-Craig juniors n/a 10.72 seconds
completed course
19.5 tiles
did not make turn
4
Meridian n/a 22.99 seconds
completed course
19.5 tiles
did not make turn
5
Broken Bow n/a 19.5 tiles
did not make turn
29.5 tiles
made turn
6
Grand Island girls n/a 29.5 tiles
made turn
10 tiles
did not make turn
7
Elba n/a 19.5 tiles 19.5 tiles
7
Nemaha Valley n/a 19.5 tiles 19.5 tiles
7
Parkview Christian n/a 19.5 tiles 19.5 tiles
Special
mention
Oakland-Craig seniors n/a 'bot went bad 'bot went bad

Photo gallery


Below are some photos from the day.


Working in the electronics lab


Meridian doing some testing


Crete/Lincoln Christian testing their 'bot


Broken Bow discussing design


Lincoln Christian getting some advice


Parkview Christian working together


Oakland-Craig seniors did have a good 'bot !


Testing in the hall
(tilt your head)


First place team
Crete/Lincoln Christian


Second place team
Grand Island boys


Second place team
Lincoln Christian


Third place team
Oakland-Craig juniors

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