Thursday, August 6, 2009

"The Hippy Hippies" at RCJT 2009

Here is a report from "The Hippy Hippies" (Montagu Bay Primary School) about their experiences at RoboCup Junior Tasmania 2009. I think this might be of interest to SmartBots mentors and teams who are thinking about participating in RoboCup Junior next year.
On Saturday our team (and our mentor!) went to the University to compete in Robocup Junior (a robotics competition). When we got to the Uni we were early and had to sit outside in the freezing cold! When we finally were allowed in we had to register. We were luckily one of the first groups in so we didn’t have to wait long. When we got set up we tested our robots on the test floor. We found our robots crashed and went out of the 3x3 metre boundary. Then we figured we needed to slow it down. So we did… and it WORKED! Time passed and soon enough it was time to go down to the lecture theatre and find out the rules and info we might need to know for the day. When that was over the competitions started… About 5 minutes afterwards it was time for our interview. We did quite well in our interview.

After that it wasn’t long before we had to do our performance! Fortunately our robots behaved themselves and didn’t crash or go out of the boundary! Afterwards we all celebrated and went down to the cafĂ© and got a drink. Meanwhile two of our group went up to check the scores while we all stayed and they came back and broke the news that we were in 2nd place!! Then we celebrated a bit more with a big WOO HOO and went back up to see the rest of the dances. Soon enough we had to do our 2nd dance in the final. That dance didn’t go too well… Our robots went out twice at the end but that was ok!

After a long day and all the dances were finished it was the end. Finally they announced that WE CAME 2ND in Junior Dance Performance!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were all so thrilled! We went up to collect our trophy and get our pictures taken! When we went back to our seats they announced that our mentor’s son and his team mate had won the soccer tournaments! It was an AWESOME! Day!

And lastly we would all like to thank our mentor for all the time and effort she put into helping us make this great achievement.

By The Hippy Hippies

Thanks the Hippies and their team mentor for letting me publish this here.

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