RoboCupJunior (RCJ) is a project-oriented educational initiative that sponsors local, regional and international robotic events for young students up through age 19. Each season lots and lots of students participate in this competition to show their robotics skills. If you are a beginner participating in this competition then you are in the right place. This article suggests some tips and tricks win at RoboCupJunior.
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RoboCupJunior competition is designed to introduce Robotics to primary and secondary school children, as well as undergraduates who do not have the resources to get involved in the senior leagues of RoboCup. The focus of RCJ is on education.
RoboCupJunior offers several challenges, each emphasizing cooperative, problem-solving and task-achievement aspects. In the Soccer league, 2-on-2 teams of autonomous mobile robots play games in a highly dynamic environment, tracking a special light-emitting ball in an enclosed field landmarked in shades of grey. The Rescue league engages robots to identify victims quickly and accurately within re-created disaster scenarios, varying in complexity from line-following on a flat surface to negotiating paths through obstacles on uneven terrain. The robot OnStage league encourages creativity, bringing one or more robots together with music, dressed in costume and moving in harmony.
For children, the RCJ initiative provides an exciting introduction to the field of robotics, a new way to develop technical abilities through hands-on experience with electronics, hardware and software, and a highly motivating opportunity to learn about teamwork while sharing technology with friends. In contrast to the one-child-one-computer scenario frequently seen today, RoboCupJunior provides a unique opportunity for participants with a variety of interests and strengths to work together as a team to achieve a common goal.
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There are three competition types at Robocup Junior: Dance, Soccer and Rescue.
For the Rescue Competition, there are two age divisions: primary school and secondary school. As one of the judges for the Primary School Rescue Competition, here are some of my tips on how to become RoboCup Junior Rescue Competition Champion.
The objective of the Rescue competition is to program a robot to navigate an obstacle course, the “rescue field”, and “rescue” a “rescue capsule” from the “spill zone.” The robot is required to get through the obstacle course to the spill zone, identify the rescue capsule, an aluminium can, and push the rescue capsule out of the spill zone. Points are given for meeting the objectives and points are deducted for various events e.g. restarting the robot.
Here are some functions you should learn to program and that your robot should be able to execute:
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Some extra tips:
Make sure your robot is small enough to fit through the doorway
Understand how to make the best use of the drop zone by placing the chip (plastic coin) in the most optimal location.
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