SpineOut : April 2014
robocup 3 ISSUE 22 // APRIL - MAY 2014 home // nuts & bolts // robocup // bots in books // book a date // creaking cogs and hip-hop rhythm // new bots on the block // last bot bits RoboCup Junior Australia 2013 Biff-Tech Nationals highlights RoboCup 2013 Preliminaries Nao Devils Dortmund vs. Bembelbots We talked to Brian (Tommo) Thomas, Systems Engineering Teacher at the Christian College, Geelong Vic, and a dedicated Robo Fanatic. WE’VE READ THAT ROBOCUP JUNIOR WAS STARTED IN AUSTRALIA. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? The university RoboCup competition began in Melbourne in 2000. Its aim is ‘that by 2050 a team of humanoid robots will take the field against the World Cup winning soccer team and beat them’. To encourage students to think about robotics at a younger age a secondary school RoboCup competition was created. WHAT ARE THE ROBOCUP JUNIOR CHALLENGES FOR 2014? DANCE: Program your robots to dance to music, decorate your entries and to motorise robot limb movements, to give your robots real personality. RESCUE: Robots compete by following a winding line on a series of tiles to a designated rescue area. On the way the robot could encounter obstacles, bridges and short cut opportunities. SOCCER: Design and program two robots to compete against an opposing pair of robots by kicking an infra-red transmitting ball into their designated goal. WHAT ARE THE INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS COMPETING? They are invited to compete at the World RoboCup competitions and you can also qualify to attend the World Robot Olympiad (WRO). FIND OUT HOW TO GET STARTED IN ROBOCUP JUNIOR READ THE FULL Q&A HERE... ROBO FANATIC Tommo on his Segway BEN FROM BELLARINE SECONDARY COLLEGE, VIC ENTERS ROBOCUP! GET THE LOWDOWN! ‘I have been competing in RoboCup Junior (RCJ) since 2008. I started by using LEGO Mindstorms based robots in the Novice League. We had the most fun with the robots just finding the ball, with no compass and kicking goals for us as well as the opposition.’ RENEE AND SOPHIE, YEAR 11 CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, GEELONG VIC GET THEIR ROBOTS TO BOOGIE! ‘We built a simple robot that we were able to program to the music of Blame it on the Boogie by Michael Jackson.’ Ben and Chris Renee and Sophie READ ON... READ ON...