Yesterday I participated in a regional robotics competition as part of a team representing my school. We entered into the "junior dance theatre" category. Our performance, which consisted of five robots, were based on characters out of the story "The lost thing" by Shaun Tan. The robots are actually Lego "Mindstorms" NXT micrprocessors, sensors and servo drives. The programming of the robots was done on laptop computers and the programs downloaded into the NXT units. Over the top of the robots we created their costume or skin.
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The performance was conducted on a large board on the floor approximately 3 metres by 3 metres square. The performance went for about one minute and was to music. We were judged on movements and actions, synchronization of the different robots, robot costumes, parts and sensors used, and our project journal. The first round was nearly perfect.
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In the morning we made it through the first heat to the second round. Around lunchtime we were interviewed by the judges before going on to the second round.
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At the end of the day I was so happy when we came first in our category! Next stop is Hobart where we are going to compete in the National robotics competition!
Wish me luck!