Sunday, January 29, 2012

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto.

Isaac is the family Mr. Roboto. He is in a 4-H robotics club. He looooves it. The only drawback is that they meet only once a month for 2 hours. But January began the challenge nights. So now he gets a second night for 2 hours. But it's all about the challenge. Last Friday Isaac participated in his first challenge night. He teamed up with Nathan. Here they are building and programming.
There are 4 challenges. So they basically need to build a robot that can accomplish each challenge and then program for each one and make simple changes in the robot itself. Here Isaac measuring the distance from the start spot to the bulls eye. With that measurement they can figure how many rotations the wheels will do and program that in.
Isaac and Nathan got the full point score for 3 out of 4 of the challenges. That fourth challenge, the placement challenge, was very vexing.
But they only lost 5 points on the placement challenge because they did get their robot to the other side of the board and then back. It just didn't get placed on the target. Dang it! Here they are lining it up.
After the challenges were over each of the boys got a certificate of participation. The 3 blue stickers are for the Movement, Sensor and Wildcard challenges. Each of which they got all possible points. The red is for the Placement challenge. Congratulations and well done boys!!
And here is most of their club who participated that night.
3 more challenge nights to go. Isaac is really into robotics and is extremely close to his goal to raise half the money for his own Mind Storms robotics set. Then I don't know if we'll ever see him again. The robot may take over for him.

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