Feb 19, 2007

Revamp on the Legos

I guess I expected the droves tens three of you who read this blog to also know that we've always had Legos in this house. Come on, don't you read minds?

Hubbers loves to build things, mold them, and tear them apart. He is part of the Lego Robotics Challenge in our school as a mentor and has enjoyed this for years.

The premise of the Robo Challenge is this:
Students, in teams of 3 or 4, must construct a Lego robot and program it (in NQC) to perform a particular task. The goal of the project is that students will get an insight in the problems involving
  • robust robot design
  • sensing
  • dealing with imprecision
A full description of the challenge can be found here.

Construction materials

Each group gets the following material:

  • One Lego MindStorms Robotic Invention Set
  • One additional motor
  • One additional light sensor
  • Two rotation sensors

No further material may be used.

More info here: http://cisstweb.cs.jhu.edu/K-12-programs
Info and pix: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec/bit/4HLegoRobotics.php

It's very techie, very nerdy, very right up Hubbers' alley... I've listed a couple of different sites and info in the links on this page and it's fairly interesting. Until you get to the part where because you're not a mentor or really involved in the actual challenge and it's SHOW TIME for the inventions you have to sit on the sidelines and not be able to see anything and get shushed and motioned to sit back down for several hours during the competitions.

Okay, I guess it's only interesting if they actually let you build stuff with the Legos. But it makes Hubbers happy and that's what I'm all about.

PS- No, that's not Hubbers in the photo, just some anonymous RoboGeek enjoying his toys.

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