Friday, June 29, 2012

Duel Down Under - Day Two

Today was another awesome day at the Duel Down Under! What made it especially cool was knowing that so many of our extended team were following along with the live stream.

Our top priority this morning was to set up and test the autonomous section of our program, but unfortunately we didn't have time to test our robot on the competition field prior our first game.... instead we got it working in a courtyard outside, but through a combination of good judgement and chance managed to come up with a routine that was indeed capable of shooting goals. In fact, Devil Robotics scored the first baskets of the day!

It was awesome to see other team's robots improve throughout the day, and one of the highlights was seeing an alliance of teams 3132 and 5152 succeed in balancing both robots on their bridge.

One of the main problems we had was with the tube sliding down, but this was solved with a couple of well placed screws. Then after a particularly sluggish performance in the eighth game, we discovered the importance switching to a fresh battery every so often!

There were some great workshops on today, but it was clear that we needed all four students on the field whenever we were competing, so unfortunately none of them were able to attend any. Next time... more students!! Anyway, I was able to get along to the Autodesk and National Instruments workshops and found both of these very instructive and will definitely be able to pass on much of what I learned.

Tomorrow the live stream will be running again with more qualification matches from 9:30 to 11:00am, final matches between 12:30 to 2:00pm, and the closing ceremony at 2:00pm.

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