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At the robotics championship

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At the robotics championship

Postby Quinn » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:47 am

hi all,
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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The second round I introduced the project to the audience. During the second round my robot and a friend's robot crashed unexpectedly near the end of its routine.

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!

Quinn

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:00 am

:woohoo:
Congratulations, Quinn, and all the best for the next round!
:twothumbsup:

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Postby Reductor » Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:30 am

You're going to build me a robot butler, right? My kids won't serve me hand a foot forever you know!

Congrats!

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:53 am

Congratulations!

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby Ben » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:05 am

Yes, it was quite a performance!
Quinn's programming skills, for a ten-year old, are legendary!
Here's a trailer of the Lost Thing animation and some information on the story from Tan's website.

http://www.shauntan.net/film/lost-thing-film.html
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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby chownah » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:01 am

Quinn,
You say you were part of a team. Did different team members do different things in this project or did everyone do a bit of everything?
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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby cooran » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:41 am

Hello Quinn,

This is great! Good on you! :clap: Hope you do well in the Nationals in Hobart. BTW - when are they?

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby Quinn » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:54 am

Hi everyone!

Thanks for your kind messages.

Thank you Kim!

Hi thereductor
thanks for the joke! I think Sony beat me to it with a robot butler!

Hi Paul,
The problem was that the base of the robot was incorrectly alligned with its wire-frame based costume so that when it looked 'straight', it wasn't really straight and so it went off course!

Hi David,

Nice cake!

Hi chownah,

Everyone had to build and program their own robots. My friend (Kael) and I were the top programmers in our team. I Think that everyone in our team worked really well together and there were no arguments! :group:

hi Chris,
The Nationals are in September
Thanks for your post!

bye! :hello:

Quinn

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby chownah » Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:01 am

Quinn,
Thanks for the reply.
What language do you program the robots with? I used to do programming in Logo which was used to control the movements of a mechanical turtle and get it to draw things....that was a long time ago. I'm wondering if the same language was used for the robots since it sounds like your robots are like our turtle excpet the turtle was very simple and could only draw.
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Re: At the robotics championship

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Re: At the robotics championship

Postby Quinn » Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:04 am

Hi tiltbillings
I built the robot for that very reason, They needed exercise (and it was just funny to watch)!
Merlin just likes to lie around like my older brother!

Quinn

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