MIT 6.270 Competition (Wednesday, 01-26-05 @ 6:00pm)
It was unfortunate that the snow kept the SYRA from attending the 2005 MIT
6.270 contest. On the web cast, it seemed a spirited competition, with
many of the same unpredictable issues that we often see at FLL tournaments.
Starting issues, computer issues, battery issues, some robots not doing anything
. . . The competition was fully autonomous, with no interaction with the
robots once started, and fairly complex rules governing the value of the balls
collected and placed in scoring areas (red and green balls could each have
positive or negative values, and could be placed in your own or your opponent's
The best team name that we heard, in the same class with last year's "Evil
Monkey That Lives in My Closet", was "Yes, We Really Did Catch Our Robot
on Fire". The most interesting performance was the team member doing
magic tricks to stall while his team recharged their depleted robot (he was
pretty good, too!). Team 26 "This is Mike Lin" came in first, with team 29
"Boba Fet" in second, and the final match running past 10:00pm.
We hope to obtain the competition video on DVD for viewing by those that
didn't see the web cast.
We have posted some pictures from the
2004 MIT 6.270 Competition.
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MIT offers a course every January, in which students build
robots from LEGOs and electronics (they use a HandyBoard computer, not the LEGO
RCX) and compete in a contest that varies from year to year. This year's
theme is Attack of the Drones: May the Torque
be with You. The premise:
A short time from now, in a
galaxy very close by, the masses are in unrest. The non-trademark-infringing
Gedi Knights Council, droid masters, guardians of the free world, and
practitioners of the ancient interlocking plastic brick arts, have suffered a
huge loss. Their former leader, Chin-walakane-ra, better known as "Chuck", has
transcended to a higher plane of existence, and no longer will be around to keep
the masses in check. An election will be held to determine "Chuck's"
replacement, for without a leader, the Gedi Knights will be powerless to stop
the ever-growing threats of all-nighters in lab, freshman showering, and Red Sox
6.270 Information for Contestants page has a wealth of information for robot
course notes explain the whole process in general, both the 2005 competition
and robot construction.
The final competition is at the Kresge Auditorium on Wednesday
night at 6:00pm. It is a great experience for FLL teams to see what
students from one of the world's best engineering universities can do with some
of the same materials that they work with themselves. Please attend if you
can, or catch the RealPlayer streamed video!
Kresge Auditorium (W16)
Final Rounds for MIT 6.270 course competition
Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 6:00pm, Kresge Main Auditorium
The final rounds of the contest. Robots will compete until a winner is decided.
This event will be televised live on MIT Cable.
Final Rounds WEBCAST
Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 6:00pm EST
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