Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The STEM Robotics Competition of 2012 was great fun! We had students from elementary, middle and high school competing in 2 different levels of robotics competition. Some of our LHS Level 1 & Level 2 bots, run by the Propellar board:
Our students also made the animatronic wolf for the TSA competition. It moves his head side to side, shakes paws, and has pneumatic rear legs for standing up.
Our senior design students did a number of different projects, one of which was a motorized window, usful for the handicapped home owner.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The other parts of the glasses system:
And the custom PROPELLAR circuit boards communicating through an XBEE. These boards (1 on the robot, one on the human) use the 9600 Baud rate of a common PS2 controller to make your robot do your bidding!
Here is the strainer put together (Death Star-ish) and an adapter to go from a window motor to a robot arm for the robotics students.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
working.............................. pictures and 2012 PROP circuit boards coming soon!
Velociraptor- gaurds area and is double speed active in the dark; can chomp on things w/ powered jaw
Gaurd Terminator Tank Bot- attacks things of the color RED and uses 2 controllers w/ communicaiton; also avoids walls
Motorcycle Anti-Collision Bot - Drives around and avoid objects/ turns around w/ front steering
Here is a preview of 2012 STEM Robotics Competition student made (from scratch) circuit board: Powered by PROPELLAR, improved heat sinks and airflow (fan), RELAY available for the pneumatix.... this thing is going to power some nice 18lb. to 118lb. machines!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The students had to stay at the start zone and guide their robot to the 'shack' to open the door, retrieve the dangerous biohazard objects, return them to the drop zone, and then go rescue the soldier hostage. Different strategies were used, and different successes were met with just as many faults, to be modified and fixed by the next round of course!
At the end of the day, our students earned 1st, 2nd ,3rd, 4th and 5th in the Level 2 VBRC 2011 Competition! We also had an electronics student team get 1st in the Level 1 VBRC 2011 Competition (basketball style w/ smaller bots)! Way to go Eagles!!!!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
A robot starts at one end and goes down a 35' track, through the 3 obstacles, and into the shack where our soldier is being held hostage. First dispose of the radioactive items and take them to the drop-zone, then come back for the soldier. The shack has live video back to a TV where the human operator is standing. Our school's robots will also have wireless cameras on most of them so the students can get a clear picture of the action on their laptops, also set up next to the human operator near the beginning.
Some have anti-rollover systems & independent suspensions.
And remember kids:Next post, manipulators and end effectors!