4.30.2008

Rob Ot

Today, two schoolmates and I went for a robotic course to get acquainted with the robotic parts, structures and programme. Suffice to say, it was a rewarding and interesting experience. Building a robot and programming it to locomote under your control is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Very cool. But not easy. We took more than an hour to build the robot with reference to the manual provided. 80% of the male population there were done with their robots the minute we were moving on to the second wheel. There were some complications, some groaning and some sighing in the process but the robot made entirely of Legos worked in the end.

Voilà. The finishing product.

The model above is actually one of the basic and simple models which has zero chance of winning if it were to be used in the imminent Robotic Competition sometime around June, according to the facilitator. It will not be an easy feat building a new and working robot model and programming it to execute the missions as specified in the rules of the competition.

Watching the robot work for the first time was definitely the highlight of the day. I had the opportunity to put the sensors to the test by programming the robot to move and deviate when the touch sensor is bumped, deviate again when a person claps or makes an audible sound and eventually halt when there is an obstacle close to the ultrasonic sensor. Robots are pretty remarkable.

In a nutshell, this is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience.

2 comments:

Danny said...

That is very impressive, nice work.

Justine said...

Thank you. :D I had an awesome time doing it.