Saturday 06 May 10:00

Nodebots Obstacle Course



LEVEL: Intermediate

6 team

6 mBots

6 hours

6 thousand lines of code!! (Just kidding. Don't do that. :p),

1 track


Our local CoderDojo has a bunch of Makeblock mBot Arduino compatible robots, that mostly sit gathering dust. I use one of them for my own little experiments, but figured I'm can't be the only one who might like to geek out playing with small robots, so this competition was born.

The competition

Each team will receive a bluetooth MakeBlock mBot with a nodebots firmware, so all sensors and motors are exposed in nodejs over BLE. Teams have to program their bots to be able to handle the different "terrain" types. At the end of the day, each team will have to complete a track. Teams will be awarded for fastest time, but extra points can be gained for stylish robots using sound and lights.

The track

I will create 2-3 kinds of terrain sections where the mBot's different sensors will have to be used to find the path forward. The different terrain sections can be used to train the robots, but the final track will only be assembled at the end of the day.

The teams

You can bring your own team of 3-4 people, or form an ad-hoc team on site, just make sure one of you has a modern laptop with BLE support. Having git and nodejs installed can be handy, but we can do that during the event.

The prize

This is a free event, that I'm organizing for the fun of it, so I thought I'd ask you to help out a little by contributing to the winning team's goodie-bag. As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure, so I'd like to ask you to look around in your drawers to see if you have any functional, but forgotten gadgets, circuits, electronics, IoT bits and pieces that others may appreciate. Obviously not everyone has something lying around, but I'm sure we can collaborate to making a worthy prize.

Seats are limited to 18, so make sure to get a ticket! Also release your ticket please of you can't make it!

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