This month, Dr. Green started an afterschool robotics club. We will be meeting twice a week to experiment with different types of robots and get them to accompish different tasks. There are teams of four students that will be working together and learning how to build and program their robots. Our goal will be to enter AND win a competition on December 12th. That's a lot to get done in only SIX WEEKS! There are two main categories for the competition. They are Invention and Arena.
The Invention category is what it sounds like: A team of students will have to invent a robot that can accomplish some sort of human task. They will need to build and program the robot. A display board needs to be put together as well as a pamphlet to advertise and sell their invention. Their presentation will be judged and scored by others during the competition.
In the Arena category, the team of students will build and program a robot that can complete an obstical course. There will be points awarded for programming the robot to complete specific tasks. They will have only three minutes to get as many points as possible. The team will be competeing against another team in head-to-head fashion on a large game board. The team with the most points after the three minute time limit wins the competition.
We have a lot of work ahead of us in the coming weeks. I hope to be able to keep everybody up to date on our team's progress. If we can get everything put together by December, we have a good chance of winning. The state competition will take place in May. We hope to be there!
If you are interested in learning more about this robotics competition, you can learn about them on these websites:
- To learn about the LEGO kits we will be using to build and program into robots, go the the Mindstorm NTX website.
- To get info on the competition from Texas Computer Education Association, go to the TCEA contest website.
- You can get the rules and regulations for the Invention competition, find them on this TCEA website.
- The Arena rules and regulations can be found here.