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Our New Robot for 2013.... ROOFUS!!

ICRobotics New Robot - ROOFUS

ROOFUS is the newest edition to the icrobotics team. With its new ev3 brick,sensors and motors its the best robot since the ARBY series. With experience from building our robot last year we new we had to design this robot with a lot more in mind. Like even weight distribution, A new power take off unit, Shrouding around color sensors and so on...

Here are some photos of our brand new ROOFUS series robot!alt



What we might do differently next time

So, here are a few things we might do differently next time around.

We might create a bigger team (perhaps 7 or 8) and assign people with specific jobs such as "Project Development", "Robot Building", "Programming" and maybe all put in for Technical Design. We could meet up twice a week for longer periods of time and discuss how much progress we've made weekly.In addition we could gain more information for the project by talking with more people.

We would bring a trolley to transport lego safely from the pits to the competition boards and possibly our own challenge mat so we weren't restricted to 5 min intervals near the pit area. Next time we would make sure our robot wasn't transported with its axles and wheels on(we managed to bend our robots axle at the competition). We might aim for a more realistic score to get better reliability and talk with a few more teams for Core Values.




Update from World Festival in St Louis

Well, what a day. Yesterday the boys successfully delivered the core values, technical design and project presentations which went reasonably well, actually they went really well. Today started with low spirits after a disastrous practice robot round followed by a missed practice round in the afternoon. We were still trying to work out what was going on / wrong when we were called up for the second practice round - the team decided to skip the practice as it would be of no value with the robot in the state it was. All four programs were running well below normal success rates. At the end of yesterday we were no further advanced with the diagnosis of the problem and a barbque with a local St Louis team provided us with a useful distraction for the evening after a long long day.

An early start this morning and we went back to basics to run some simple tests to try to isolate the problem. It turns out that one of the main drive motors was not running consistently. Some speedy repairs had a spare motor and two new half axles installed and most of the issues we had seen the day before were resolved. It looks like ARBY did not cope with the journey up to the northern hemisphere too well!

Scores in the real robot rounds improved progressively as the day rolled on and the wheel calibration was completed. Some last minute programming which we ran out of time to test caused the first round to stuff up completely, we only scored 60! Fixing the programming errors just in time for round 2 lifted the score to 180 ... at last the team had some runs on the board! The last competition run scored 360 and everyone was more than happy with that. It was not the 500 we were targeting but given where we were at the begining of the day this was an excellent turn around! This placed i c robotics in the mid 30's, or about half way up the field for the robot rounds.

Tommorrow we should see how we did overall ...

ICRobotics Channel

ICRobotics is now on YouTube!

We will frequently post live updates of our progress in St louis! You can get to our channel through the "web links" page or by clicking the link below.


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Results from Word Festival in St Louis

Ok, so what happend to all those awards? Well, unfortunately none of the 41 are headed our way :(

With only 80 teams we had a 50% chance of catching one but not so. A pity, but that's probabaly a reasonable outcome given that this was the first FLL season for I C Robotics!

Judges Award - Rising Stars Winner 16700 - ROBOT LEAGUE KIMBERLY Colombia
Judges Award - Doorway to the Future Winner 17000 - Hayovel Seeds Israel
Robot Performance 3rd 3237 - Heat It Up and Keep It Cool Robotics California, Los Angeles, USA
Robot Performance 2nd 15950 - mindfactory Switzerland
Robot Performance 1st 16550 - China Compass China
Robot Design - Strategy and Innovation 3rd 15850 - VTen Hong Kong
Robot Design - Strategy and Innovation 2nd 4846 - Automaticus Rex Kentucky, USA
Robot Design - Strategy and Innovation 1st 15950 - mindfactory Switzerland
Robot Design - Programming 3rd 105 - LEGO Pie-on-Ears Oregon, USA
Robot Design - Programming 2nd 15900 - SAP ReMovers Germany
Robot Design - Programming 1st 17200 - Dawn of Innovation 3 Lebanon
Robot Design - Mechanical Design 3rd 17050 - ROTATECH Turkey
Robot Design - Mechanical Design 2nd 16150 - Falcons JAPAN Japan
Robot Design - Mechanical Design 1st 16000 - Epunkt e. Germany
Judges Award for Resource Conservation Winner 16750 - Roots Pakistan Pakistan
Judges Award for Determination Winner 17150 - VIARO Spain
Project - Research 3rd 3340 - Century Strikers Illinois, USA
Project - Research 2nd 1721 - The Crazy Pizza People Michigan - White Lake, USA
Project - Research 1st 951 - RoboThunder Utah, USA
Project - Presentation 3rd 81 - YOUNGlings Arkansas, USA
Project - Presentation 2nd 5822 - Saints California - South, USA
Project - Presentation 1st 237 - All Saints Academy Rhode Island, USA
Project - Innovative Solution 3rd 8187 - VESH California - North, USA
Project - Innovative Solution 2nd 13129 - Infinite Minds Texas - Southwest, USA
Project - Innovative Solution 1st 5993 - Argonaut Cats Maryland, USA
Young Adult Mentor Winner 81 Peter Tucker YOUNGlings Arkansas, USA
Young Adult Mentor Winner 116 Proud Heng The Bee's Knees (WHS Robotics) California - Los Angeles, USA
Core Values - Teamwork 3rd 16250 - NXTage India
Core Values - Teamwork 2nd 5777 - iMoe Robotics Nova Scotia, Canada
Core Values - Teamwork 1st 3985 - World Changers Iowa, USA
Core Values - Inspiration 3rd 9227 - Robot Geeks South Dakota, USA
Core Values - Inspiration 2nd 979 - Arthridroids Alaska, USA
Core Values - Inspiration 1st 15700 - SAP Grey Matters South Africa
Core Values - Gracious Professionalism 3rd 1880 - Mindstorm Maniacs I North Dakota, USA
Core Values - Gracious Professionalism 2nd 10299 - Taz Bots Renegades Florida, USA
Core Values - Gracious Professionalism 1st 405 - Bremen Botz! Indiana, USA
Adult Coach/Mentor Award Winner 7098 Tiffanie Eyre Geek Squad Washington - East, USA
Adult Coach/Mentor Award Winner 742 Denny Davis ROBO RAIDERS Missouri - East,USA
Champion's Award 3rd 742 - ROBO RAIDERS Missouri - East, USA
Champion's Award 2nd 16850 - SESI ROBOTICS SCHOOL Brazil
Champion's Award 1st 16100 - Untitled 1 United Kingdom

So what is the FIRST LEGO League?

Your confused ... hey, spare a thought for me a rookie coach trying to keep up with these guys :)

Actually the fog surrounding FLL is one of the issues I suffered with at the outset - the FLL guys seem to assume that you have encountered the FLL via a seasoned team who will guide you in. Not so for us. We found out about it last August and signed up in September with no prior knowledge. Once you are in the fog you tend to forget for a while that there are others out there trying to see in at what you are up to. Anyway, here goes for the 50000ft helicopter view of the FIRST LEGO League ...

To start with, it has many names and several parts. You may hear of the "FIRST LEGO League (FLL)" or the "2012 Senior Solutions Challenge" or "FLL World Festival". These are all part of the same thing. Each year the FLL has a theme and this year it is senior solutions. The missions in the robot game and the research topics for the team projects will all relate to the theme.

FIRST things FIRST ... what is that all about? FIRST is actually an acronym and it stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". FIRST is a not-for-profit public charity.

What is the schedule? When does it all happen? Well, the FLL year starts in September when the challenge is announced and the challenge kits (mats and lego parts for the robot game) are made generally available for distribution. The rest of the season is largely dictated by the preparation for and then participation in the regional, national and international tournaments.

Regional events typically take place in the last quarter of the year (e.g. Melbourne Tournament was in December-2012) and are followed a couple of months later by the National events (e.g. Australian National Tournament was in February-2013). The International event this year is to be held during the "FIRST World Festival" in St Louis, USA in April-2013. In addition there are open tournaments held in various parts of the world, this year in Germany in May and also a new Asia Pacific tournament in Sydney in July. So, yes, it is still called the 2012 challenge even though it runs well into 2013!

It is worth pointing out that the FLL teams spend the times prior to and in between the tournaments preparing for the tournament. Most teams only make minor adjustments to their robots and project at the event itself. Regional and National events may be completed within a single day the bigger open and International events run over several days and are usually coupled with FTC and FRC tournaments at the same venue (more on those later when I find out about them!).

The challenge consists of several parts:

  • ROBOT GAME: the robot game is based on a standard board with a number of missions on it all built from lego of course. The same board and missions are used throughout the FLL year. At each tournament each team gets three robot runs each of 2.5 minutes duration and they run their pre-built and pre-programmed robot attempting to get the highest score they can. The highest of the three rounds counts as the team score in the robot challenge which is good becuase most teams have a disaster round that they would sooner forget and the scoring system does just that :). The robot has to be built entirely from lego parts, one programming block (most teams use the NXT) , 3 motors and any number of official sensors. The robot game is the only objective/measured part of the challenge;
  • PROJECT: the research project is based on the theme (this year it was senior solutions) they choose a problem, research it and propose a solution. The don't have to construct anything but many teams do knock up a prototype to illustrate their solution - our guys came up with the companion cube to help the elderly combat loneliness and they have constructed a prototype which we will be taking with us to the World Festival in April;
  • CORE VALUES: for "core values" the team is assessed on their team working, communication and interaction skills - this is a difficult thing to train for but promoting friendly competitiveness, helping others within and outside the team are fundamentals. In some tournaments the team are set a brief exercise to see how they interact with one another and arrive at a conclusion and/or solve a problem as a team;
  • TECHNICAL JUDGING: this is an assessment of the mechanical construction, innovative ideas incorporated, programming complexity etc. At regional events this may be completly free format but at international and open events you can expect a bit more structure and formality. At the FLL World Festival the teams are expected to present a Robot Design Executive Summary (RDES).

Well, there you go, that is the 50000ft helicopter view. There is obviously a lot more to it but hopefully when your grandchild runs up to you ans says hey I am off to a LEGO Robot Competition you'll have a better idea than I did last September!!!

If any of this has sparked an interest and you would like to learn more, just leave me a message via the contacts page.

Ian (I C Robotics Coach)