This is a reposting of an article I originally wrote on my Developing for Dynamics GP blog.
This one is off-topic, but fun and a proud father can get away with things like this.
My son, Aaron, and two of his school friends from All Saints College have been spending many hours during breaks and after school working on a Lego robot for the Australian Robocup Junior Rescue Premier competition.
Last weekend, their team (called Clever.bat) won the State competition for the Rescue Premier League. The challenge is to build a robot that can navigate a random path (the black line) avoiding obstacles, going over bridges and taking shortcuts (marked by green squares) when possible. Eventually arriving at a chemical spill (green area), where the robot must locate a person (silver can) and carry them to safety (red block).
Here is the link to the Robocup WA 2010 Finalists (link unavailable) who now have the opportunity to compete in the national finals.
20-Sep-2010: Update: After competing in the national titles in Canberra, Aaron and his Clever.bat teammates came in fifth overall. Next year they can aim for first….. and make their robot faster. It was able to achieve everything it needed to, but went over the time limit.
This article was originally posted on the Developing for Dynamics GP Blog and has been reposted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.