I can’t remember where Matt was, but for some reason we were in two different places. I found the robotics area and summoned him over because this was very fun.
I’d heard this and that about robotics competitions, but had never seen anything in real life. This wasn’t an actual competition, but I learned how once per year the rules/goals/objectives for the current contest are released and then high school students form teams and design their robots to meet the objectives of the contests.
In this case, they were supposed to have their machines grab balls, carry them and then get them through the gates of the castle. There were things to navigate around. There were also bonus points awarded if the machine could hang from the bar of the castle for a specified amount of time (20 seconds or so).
Setting things up for competition. I didn’t get any good pictures of the obstacles, but the machines had to make their way over teeter-totters and other such things.
The machines seemed to need a good amount of tinkering.
Getting ready for battle. This machine lowered the back half to grab the ball, and then the yellow cords pulled the ball in the the middle of the machine for transport.
The names of the teams were very fun.
An example of one of the robots hanging. We watched a few rounds of competition. Once they got going, it was very fast paced and exciting.
One of the many different puzzles available to solve.
Perhaps you need your own Dalek?
I worked for a long time to get all 8 blocks in the box and Matt solved it in no time at all.
Apparently when not farming, Glen and Ruth are making puzzles.