Monday, March 21, 2011

Robotics Competition

Kate, Steve, and Joe spent Thursday-Saturday up at GVSU for a district robotics competition. The team had another good event. During the ranking matches, their team ended up is 6th place. The advanced to elimination matches and were eliminated in the semi-finals by the alliance that won the competition. It was an exhausting weekend, but they all had a great time.

In the photo, the robots are lined up and entering the part of the competition where the robots use only the autonomous mode (all movement is through computer programing.)

These photos show the computers lifting inflated tubes and moving to place them on the scoring pegs.

During the last 10 seconds the robots can release a minibot which climbs a pole and sets of the lights at the top. The first minibot to reach the top of the pole earns 30 points for the team. The minibot race is the strongest feature on our team's robot. It always deploys properly and almost always reaches the top of the pole first.

1 comment:

MaryAnn said...

What fun! We enjoyed watching the competition last year. Good job kids!